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Air France Readies Plan for 8,300 Voluntary Job Cuts

  • Group’s French division aims to shrink its domestic operations
  • Transport minister says measures must avoid ‘social suffering’
A worker directs travelers at the Air France-KLM baggage drop-off area at Charles de Gaulle Airport, near Paris in May.

A worker directs travelers at the Air France-KLM baggage drop-off area at Charles de Gaulle Airport, near Paris in May.

Photographer: Cyril Marcilhacy/Bloomberg
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Air France plans to offer about 8,300 staff incentives to leave in a bid to cut costs without stirring a political backlash after receiving a massive state bailout, people familiar with the proposal said.

The Air France-KLM unit will seek the voluntary exit of around 300 pilots, 2,000 cabin crew and 6,000 ground staff, according to the people, who asked not to be named because the plans aren’t public. The cuts could affect roughly 17% of workers, though that may change after union and management talks, they said.