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Pandemic Injects Politics Into the Air France-KLM Survival Plan

  • French transport minister speaks about airline in interview
  • France, Netherlands set for talks on airline’s finances
KLM passenger aircraft at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Djebbari said KLM has benefited more than the French arm.
KLM passenger aircraft at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Djebbari said KLM has benefited more than the French arm.Photographer: Natascha Libbert/Bloomberg
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Air France-KLM’s future as a combined company will be put to the test as France and the Netherlands prepare for critical talks on bolstering the weakened carrier’s finances, according to the French transport minister.

The discussions will raise fundamental questions about the way the airline is structured and backed by the two countries, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said in an interview. The governments pledged 10.4 billion euros ($12.2 billion) earlier this year to prop up the carrier’s pandemic-shattered finances, but will need to go further to ensure its survival.