Martinair Cargo is to scale back its full-freighter fleet, affecting more than 330 of its employees, including 170 ground staff and 110 crew.
“Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo has decided on a business model, which requires less freighter capacity, rather than a model with no freighters at all,” the group said in a public statement.
“The reduction is unavoidable if the cargo business is to be restored to good health.”
However, it added that cargo remained a core business for the group.
A number of voluntary measures for Martinair Cargo’s pilots have already been taken and some have taken steps to join Transavia, despite the carrier being “unable to offer pilots the same salaries they were receiving at Martinair”.
Compulsory redundancies might also occur.
From 2016, Martinair Cargo will operate a fleet of two 777Fs and four 747-400s, supplemented by 15 747 combis.