CityJet's Paris-based pilots threaten Christmas strikes

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Paris-based pilots at CityJet are threatening to strike on 24 December unless the airline's management agrees to meet them and discuss issues arising from Air France's announcement that it is seeking investors for the subsidiary.

The French pilots union SNPL says its members will stage walkouts unless management commits to meeting with them during the second week of January 2013, as well as organising a meeting with potential investors before any sale.

The deadline for such a decision to be taken is 20 December, SNPL says.

CityJet told Flightglobal it is willing to discuss any issues the pilots may have. However, the airline added that it is legally prohibited from divulging confidential details about potential investors.

CityJet has not been included in Air France's new regional structure, which groups together its Brit Air and Regional brands. At the time of Air France's third quarter results in October, it said that the subsidiary was still not at break-even and had recorded a "slightly negative" operating result in the period to 31 September 2012.