Air France targets 2,500 additional job cuts

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Air France says it will need to effect 2,500-plus job cuts in addition to more than 5,000 it has said must come by year-end.

After a meeting of the carrier's central works council yesterday, it emerged that the next round of voluntary departures after 2013 could involve just over half the number of excess staff Air France identified last year: 5,122. That number is to be cut by 31 December of this year.

France's flag carrier says it is currently studying a new voluntary redundancies plan excluding cabin crew, who have their own plan in place after signing a revised labour agreement earlier this year.

Many of the cuts will come from ground staff, although Air France will not give details of what incentives they will be offered in return for accepting redundancy.

The airline says it will give further details of the new redundancies plan and other industrial and commercial measures entailed in the second part of its Transform 2015 restructuring effort - such as the future of its regional bases in Marseille, Nice and Toulouse - after the next meeting of its central works council on 4 October.

In a half-year results briefing on 26 July, Air France-KLM chief executive Alexandre de Juniac said the group's restructuring has so far been insufficient and further measures will need to be taken to address financial problems at the group, citing cargo operations and Air France's short- and medium-haul network as particular problem areas.