Air France KLM has announced plans to implement 1,000 more job cuts in 2021, arguing that the government’s plans to require all passengers and crew to pass a COVID-19 test (taken within four hours of boarding a plane) before flying to the Netherlands would ground its long-haul flights.
According to the airline, the new rule, proposed by the Dutch government, would force it to suspend all 270 of its current long-haul flights due to the risk of continually having crew members grounded and quarantined in foreign countries. This means it would also have to stop operating freight-only flights from Asia, which has been one of its few business lines to grow during the coronavirus crisis, offsetting revenue losses of roughly two-thirds overall.
Air France-KLM is a Franco-Dutch airline holding company with its headquarters at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Tremblay-en-France, near Paris. Last year, the airline cut 5,000 jobs.