Air France-KLM boss resigns after defeat in salary dispute

air francePARIS (dpa-AFX) – After a major defeat in the tariff dispute at the French airline Air France, CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac resigns. In a staff survey, a majority voted against the recent salary proposal of the management. Janaillac, who took less than two years, the helm of the French-Dutch company Air France-KLM, then announced on Friday its departure. The 65-year-old had linked his professional future with the result of the vote.

“13 strike days and more than two months of conflict have weakened Air France,” he said. “This is an enormous waste that our competitors can only rejoice (…).” The business of the company was running better after difficult years of restructuring recently.

The Paris government appealed to “everyone’s sense of responsibility to allow the company to continue its development”. The French state owns a good 14 percent of Air France-KLM. It is now up to the Board of Directors to define the conditions for a way out of the crisis. The committee meets on Wednesday, where Janaillac wants to submit his resignation.

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