Air France-KLM deny plans to sack 4,000 Alitalia employees
In case of stake increase in troubled Italian carrier04 October, 18:29
Rome newspaper Il Messaggero cited an anonymous ''significant shareholder'' as saying there were plans to close Alitalia runway handling services, move key company functions to Paris and subordinate Rome's Fiumicino airport to Charles De Gaulle airport in the French capital. The Roman airport would thus lose its international hub status, the report said.
Alitalia board member Maurizio Traglio said ''the conditions are not there'' for Alitalia to cut its fleet and workforce in exchange for a capital increase.
''We are not aware of any French plan'', he added.
Air France CFO Philippe Calavia officially denied there was any plan to sack Alitalia employees and set other painful conditions in exchange for a capital increase. Those reports are ''falsehoods'', he said on his way out of the Alitalia board meeting Friday, which he said ''went well''. Air France-KLM said on Tuesday it was open to merging with Alitalia in a move seen as the best solution for turning round the loss-making Italian airline, but both sides said any such move would depend on certain conditions being met first before time runs out for the indebted Italian carrier.