Air France has offered to immediately withdraw its plans to expand low-cost carrier Transavia in a bid to halt the ongoing pilot strike.
Yesterday (September 24), on the tenth day of the strike, which is estimated to be costing the carrier $15m per day, Air France agreed to withdraw its Transavia Europe project, to expand its operations outside of France and the Netherlands. Members of the SNPL pilots’ union are striking over the plan arguing that it could result in the erosion of their wages.
Alexandre de Juniac, CEO of Air France-KLM, said: “With the withdrawal of the Transavia Europe project, there is now no reason to strike because there are no longer any concerns about relocation. We therefore call on the striking pilots to return to work immediately.”
The union has yet to respond to the proposal.