More than 2,400 KLM employees have registered for the voluntary departure scheme that the airline has set up, according to a KLM spokesperson on Monday evening.

"It will be announced later this month which applications have been granted. Only then can we state exact numbers," said the spokesperson. She was unable to say whether the number of registrations is enough to avoid redundancies.

The initial closing date for enrollment was Sunday, July 5, but it was then decided to extend the enrollment period through Sunday, July 12. That extension was at the request of the staff.

Society wants to slim down now that it is suffering the consequences of the corona crisis and therefore wants to reduce the workforce. To avoid forced redundancies as much as possible, KLM has set up the departure scheme.

KLM CEO Pieter Elbers said earlier that there would be "enough interest" to say goodbye to the company in exchange for a fee.

In October, KLM comes up with a restructuring plan to adapt the size of the company to a smaller network. This concerns the KLM group and therefore also Transavia, which is part of it. Transavia staff were also able to report before departure with a fee.

On Monday, the European Commission (EC) approved the proposed state aid worth EUR 3.4 billion to KLM.