Dutch airline KLM to cut up to 1,000 more jobs

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Dutch airline KLM said on Thursday it will shed between 800 and 1,000 more jobs as the coronavirus pandemic is hitting the aviation sector for longer than expected.

The come on top of 5,000 layoffs that were already announced in July by the embattled carrier, which is part of the Air France-KLM group.

"The reality is that the recovery is taking considerably longer than expected, especially for long-haul destinations, partly due to ongoing and new international restrictions and ," KLM said in a statement.

"This means that KLM will have to cut another 800 to 1,000 jobs."

The cover 500 , 100 flight crew and between 200 and 400 ground crew.

KLM CEO Pieter Elbers said recent restrictions announced by the Dutch government on flights to the Netherlands had "added to" the airline's problems but were not the direct cause of the new job cuts.

The measures include a ban on flights to the Netherlands from Britain, South Africa and South America.

Dutch media said KLM was also being forced to cut some long-haul routes because extra coronavirus tests for travellers announced by the government would make it difficult to move crew around.

"This reduction is independent of the new measures taken by the cabinet in the past 48 hours," Elbers said.

"The new measures are exemplary of the restrictions and dynamics that we have faced worldwide since the outbreak of the pandemic."

KLM has made huge losses despite being granted a 3.4-billion-euro ($4.0-billion) Dutch government bailout last year.

Pilots agreed to a five-year pay cut deal in November to unblock the deal.


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