French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has called on Air France to refrain from layoffs. He told radio station France Inter that the corona crisis requires adjustments to the workforce of the ailing airline. But in a radio interview he calls involuntary departure of employees of KLM’s sister company an “important red line”.

Insiders reported to Bloomberg news agency this week that Air France plans to cut up to 8,300 jobs through a voluntary departure scheme. Like other airlines, the company has been severely affected by the corona crisis, which made it virtually impossible to operate flights.

He did not want to confirm in the interview whether the airline indeed wants to get off via a departure scheme of more than 8,000 employees. “I would like it to be less than 8000 jobs,” he said of the number.

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