Wednesday, 22 August 2018

New Air France-KLM ceo meets French minister

The newly named CEO of Air France-KLM, Ben Smith has held crisis talks with the French Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne as unions prepare to decide on further strike action over pay and conditions. 

A French government spokesperson confirmed that Mr Smith met the Minister on Tuesday for a “a first discussion of the main issues” that affect the Air France-KLM group. It is not known if union anger over Smiths new €3.25 million ($3.72 million) salary and other perks was one of the subjects discussed.

This is a long time before Mr Smith is due to take up the role in September and some aviation analysts in France say the government making public that a meeting had taken place was a blatant attempt dissuade the unions from taking action until Smith takes up his role during the next month.