The government wants to help the airline, which has got into financial difficulties due to the corona pandemic, with an aid package totaling 3.4 billion euros. Finance Minister Hoekstra linked the aid to drastic austerity measures at KLM. While the cabin and ground crew unions agreed to wage cuts until 2025 on Saturday, the pilots’ union rejected this.
The corona pandemic hit KLM hard. The company has already received one billion euros in support and, according to its own information, cannot survive without the remaining billion-dollar loans. 30,000 jobs are at risk. “KLM is in the worst crisis in its 101-year history,” said KLM boss Pieter Elbers and called on the pilots to accept the terms. “It is not a luxury but a necessity that we get these loans.”