KLM will open the voluntary departure scheme, which previously existed on a limited scale, to all personnel with effect from 1 June. Society is thus anticipating further reductions in the workforce in connection with the consequences of the corona crisis.

"This voluntary departure scheme anticipates necessary next steps," said KLM Tuesday. Society expects that the consequences of the corona crisis will lead to less work for a longer period than before.

"Many measures have already been taken to guide KLM through this unprecedented difficult period, but it is clear that more needs to be done to achieve this," said KLM in a statement. "Against this background, KLM is now expanding the possibility for employees to leave the company voluntarily and with financial compensation."

KLM had already said goodbye to a few thousand employees with a temporary contract. According to KLM, the departure scheme can prevent or limit compulsory redundancies as much as possible. "KLM prefers to say goodbye to employees who choose this themselves rather than colleagues who do not choose to do so voluntarily."

Even before the corona crisis, the CAO had agreed with the cabin crew union to set up a voluntary departure scheme for them. This applied to a limited number of jobs.

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