July 3, 2020 / 5:44 PM / a month ago

Air France and HOP! airlines to cut 7,580 jobs

People walk past an Air France logo at the main entrance of the French airline headquarters in Roissy-en-France, during a CSEC meeting to present restructuring plans including thousands of job cuts in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, near Paris, France, July 3, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) - Air France (AIRF.PA) plans to cut just over 7,500 jobs following the coronavirus-related collapse in air travel, the flag carrier said on Friday.

The cuts include 6,560 jobs at the main airline by the end of 2022, more than 3,500 of which will come through natural departures due to the age of its 41,000-strong workforce.

Another 1,020 jobs will go at sister airline “HOP!”, Air France said after talks with unions, adding that it would give priority to voluntary arrangements and early retirements.

(This story corrects main airline job cuts to 6,560 from 6,650, paragraph 2)

Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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