Tuesday, 17 March 2020

KLM enters talks with unions for a reduction in working hours request for 70% of its staff

Request for a reduction in working hours (werktijdverkorting)

The Dutch airline KLM has applied for a reduction in working hours (werktijdverkorting) of approximately 70% for all staff and is still discussing with trade unions how this can be achieved in the best possible way.

This is necessary because KLM will have to reduce the flight schedule to 10 to 20% in the coming period. Today, CEO Pieter Elbers communicated this in a video message to KLM colleagues. More and more airlines are deciding to ground their fleets completely and send employees home unpaid. KLM has opted for a more balanced approach in which care for both customers and employees comes first.

With measures, such as a reduction in working hours (werktijdverkorting), KLM is looking for ways to significantly reduce costs. At the same time, the airline makes every effort to repatriate as many customers as possible and to allow employees to retain their jobs. KLM will continue to adapt to new developments.

See below for the major route cancellations






Bonaire

Passengers are not allowed to disembark in Bonaire until and including 27 March. For now, KLM will continue to fly according to schedule to bring passengers from Bonaire to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Aruba

Only residents from Aruba are allowed to disembark in Aruba. For now, KLM will continue to fly according to schedule to bring passengers from Aruba to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Curacao

Only residents from Curacao are allowed to disembark in Curacao. For now, KLM will continue to fly according to schedule to bring passengers from Curacao to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Sint Maarten

From 17 March until and including 31 March, flights cannot take passengers from Europe to Saint Martin. For now, KLM will continue to fly according to schedule to bring passengers from Saint Martin to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Surinam

Passengers are not allowed to disembark in Surinam. For now, KLM will continue to fly according to schedule to bring passengers from Surinam to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Russia

Due to travel restrictions all flights to St. Petersburg are suspended from March 16.

Ukraine

Due to travel restrictions, all flights to Kiev are suspended from March 17.

Poland

From 15 March, flights empty to Poland and with passengers back to Amsterdam.

Taiwan

Due to travel restrictions, all flights to Taipeh are suspended until March 21.

Philippines

Due to travel restrictions (by Taiwan) all flights to Manilla are suspended until March 21.

Ecuador

From 16 March only residents of Ecuador can fly to Ecuador. As of 17 March no incoming passengers on Quito and Guayaquil. Travellers can fly from Ecuador to Europe.

Ukraine

Due to travel restrictions in Ukraine: flights to/from Kiev Boryspil International Airport are suspended from 17 March up until and including 29 March.

South Korea

Due to travel restrictions from the Netherlands, flights from Seoul Incheon to Amsterdam will be cargo-only.

Turkey

Due to travel restrictions flights to Istanbul will operate without passengers starting 14 March until and including 22 March. Passengers flying from Istanbul - Amsterdam have to be Dutch citizens.

Buenos Aires/Santiago de Chile

Due to travel restrictions in Argentina, flights to/from Buenos Aires/Santiago de Chile are suspended for the time being from 15 March until 28 March.

Kuwait/Bahrain

Due to travel restrictions in Kuwait, flights to/from Kuwait/Bahrain are suspended as of 13 March. On 16 March and 21 March, there will still be a return flight from Amsterdam to Bahrain.

India

Due to travel restrictions in India, the following flights will be cancelled:

Bangalore: 16 March

Bombay: 17 and 19 March

Delhi: 18 March

Hong Kong

Due to travel restrictions from the Netherlands, flights from Hong Kong to Schiphol on 14 and 17 March will only be operated with cargo.

Italy

Due to travel restrictions from the Netherlands, flights to/from Italy will be suspended as of 14 March until 28 March.




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