Pandemic injects politics into the Air France-KLM survival plan

KLM passenger aircraft, operated by Air France-KLM Group, at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on May 13, 2020. Foto: Bloomberg/Natascha Libbert

Air France-KLM's future as a combined company will be put to the test as France and the Netherlands prepare for critical talks on bolstering the weakened carrier's finances, according to the French transport minister.

The discussions will raise fundamental questions about the way the airline is structured and backed by the two countries, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said in an interview. The governments pledged $12.2 billion (10.4 billion euros) earlier this year to prop up the carrier's pandemic-shattered finances, but will need to go further to ensure its survival...

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