KLM Set To Cut Another 800-1000 Jobs

The Royal Dutch Airlines, KLM on Thursday announced that it would need to cut a further 800 to 1,000 jobs. Which will make the total of6,000 jobs lost since the start of the pandemic crisis.

The new round of layoffs will bring the total of cuts equal to a fifth of KLM’s pre-COVID staff. The new numbers include 500 flight attendants, 100 cockpit crew, and 200 to 400 ground staff. However, the airline has not yet calculated the effect of the latest round of the Dutch government’s restrictions. The impact of these, KLM says, will “become evident in due course.”

Pieter Elbers, KLM’s CEO, in a statement said: “The further downsizing of our organisation does not yet encompass the latest measures announced by the Dutch government in the past 48 hours. These new measures are, however, in line with the restrictions and dynamics we have had to contend with since the start of the pandemic. Even if our crewmembers are exempt from the new regulations, the further loss of jobs will regrettably be inevitable.”

The 5,000 positions that were cut already in 2020 were based on a scenario where air traffic would have begun to recover in 2021. However, this is, as we are aware, still far from the case. Previously existing as well as new international measures and travel restrictions are delaying in particular long-haul demand for much longer than the industry had hoped.

With negotiations for another round of government aid for Air France-KLM reportedly at a standstill, at the moment it is anyone’s guess how many more jobs may yet need to go before the crisis is over.

he Dutch government decided this week to require all boarding a plane to the Netherlands – including airline crew – to take both a negative PCR test and a negative rapid antigen test.

This prompted KLM to cancel all its intercontinental flights, along with European flights requiring crew to stay overnight, effective Friday. The reason, it said, was to prevent crew from becoming stranded abroad following a potential positive test result prior to departure.

Unfortunately, this also means that COVID-19 vaccines destined for countries that have purchased the variants produced by Russia, India, and China will have to find other means of transportation.

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