Dutch airline KLM is to lay off up to another 1,000 people, following the 5,000 job losses of last year.
Like most international carriers, KLM, also known as Royal Dutch Airlines, has taken major action to downsize its operations in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic which has devastated international travel.
Border closures have grounded most of the world’s planes while airlines that are travelling have been reduced to skeleton route networks.
In a statement, KLM which is partnered with Air France, said the measures taken to date, including the 5,000 elimination of jobs last year, were based on international travel not recovering until 2021.
‘The current reality is that the recovery of long-haul traffic will be delayed longer than anticipated, primarily due to existing and new international measures and travel restrictions. This means KLM will have to shed a further 800-1,000 jobs,…