Air France-KLM Buckles in Pilots' Strike

Air France-KLM CEO Alexandre de Juniac at a press conference on Sept. 22 in Paris Photograph by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images

A week of crippled flights due to a pilots’ strike has persuaded Air France-KLM to soften its plans to migrate its short-haul flights to a low-cost unit. The airline said today that it would slow the planned expansion of Transavia, a KLM discount carrier, until the end of the year to allow for more time to reach an agreement with Air France-KLM pilots. Pilots quickly rejected the offer, calling it a “smoke screen that does not offer more guarantees than the previous announcements, and does not solve any problem.” The pilots contend that Transavia should operate with the same salaries and benefits, and they have not shortened their strike, which is in effect through Sept. 26.

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