Air France-KLM boss quit as unions voted to reject the Airline’s offer.


Air France-KLM chief Jean-Marc Janaillac has announced his resignation after French staff at the strike-hit airline rejected a new pay deal.

Chief executive of Air France-KLM quit as thousands of passengers found themselves stranded by an Air France strike.

The announcement came after the voting results were published today at 7 pm local time. Four-fifths of the workforce voted and 55 per cent rejected the airline’s offer.

Jean-Marc Janaillac, the 65-year-old Air France-KLM boss said “I accept the consequences of this vote and will tender my resignation to the board…in coming days,”.

Unions says that the offer of 2 percent pay rise is too little after six years of pay freezes and demanded a 5.1 percent raise this year instead.

The Air France-KLM published its first-quarter earnings showing a net loss of 269 million euros ($322 million) citing losses due to strike about 25 million euros per day.

However in February, the Air France group reported a 42 per cent rise in operating profit to €1.49bn and then the CEO Janaillac praised the staff for their commitment and said to “continuing focus on the quality of customer service”.

The dispute between the union and Air France board has so far cost Air France around €300m, and affected 40,000 passengers.

The unions said to continue the strike and planned for two-day strike on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 May.

Employees of Air France-KLM's French operations have staged a series of strikes in recent days