The Abolition of Domestic Airlines in France Concerns All Airlines

The abolition of domestic airlines in France, where there is an alternative train in less than two and a half hours, will apply to all companies and not only to Air France, said Monday the Secretary of State for Transport Jean- Baptiste Djebbari on RTL.

“We are going to ask within the framework of the Air France rescue plan for environmental conditions. Among these conditions, it is indeed that Air France is withdrawing from the routes, in particular to Orly, for which there is a rail alternative to less than two and a half hours, “said Djebbari.

But “it is obviously not conceivable that operators of any kind, especially low cost, will come in. So we will take an order for environmental reasons, obviously compatible with European law, so that “there are not, in fact, these distorting effects of competition”, he added.

“The lines will be deleted in consultation with the regions,” said the secretary of state, referring to discussions that must begin “at the return of summer”.

Asked about rumors of 8,000 to 10,000 job cuts at Air France, as part of a savings plan, Djebbari said he could not confirm these figures.

“What I note is that if the State had not lent Air France 7 billion euros, tens of thousands of jobs would be in danger today,” he said.

“No one can say what the state of air transport will be in six months, in a year, in 18 months,” said Djebbari. “The most rational thing to do is what we did: it was to save Air France-KLM, it is to see in transparency and lucidity what will happen to air transport and that Air France adjusts, “he said

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The Abolition of Domestic Airlines in France Concerns All Airlines

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