22 SEPTEMBER 2014

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Article from BTNews 22 SEPTEMBER 2014

Air France strike

Nearly a week after beginning a strike to protest Air France-KLM’s new European strategy, and causing utter chaos for travellers, the airline’s French pilots voted on Saturday (20 September) to extend their walkout until at least Friday and asked to meet with France’s Prime Minister to make their case against the plan.  Readers are advised to check very carefully if booked on the airline this week. 

The cost of the strike has been put by some analysts at £12m a day.  The group wants to nearly treble the size of its Dutch Transavia subsidiary from today’s 35 aircraft to 100 aircraft by 2017.  Transavia has a French unit, Transavia France, based at Paris-Orly, which operates 10 737-800s.  A Danish operation was shut down in April 2011 after not meeting expectations.

Unlike IAG’s Vueling (see in this issue), which was a relatively recent purchase, Transavia has been part of KLM for many years.  www.airfrance.com

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