KLM cuts 1,000 more jobs, protests mandatory COVID-19 testing

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – KLM, the Dutch division of Air France, on Thursday said it will cut an additional 1,000 jobs in 2021 and expressed its opposition to government plans for all passengers to request a COVID-19 test before flying. in the Netherlands.

The airline said the new cuts add to the loss of 5,000 jobs in 2020. Separately, a coalition of Dutch airlines, including KLM, issued a statement declaring it opposed the obligation for all passengers in arrival to take a “quick” COVID-19 test within four hours of boarding a plane bound for the country.

“The Netherlands would be the only country in the world to take such far-reaching measures,” the companies said in a statement.

Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by David Goodman