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Air France to cut jobs amid ‘fierce’ competition

Myles McCormick and Josh Spero in London and David Keohane in Paris

Air France blamed intense competition from high-speed rail and low-cost rivals as it announced 465 job cuts and a scaling back of its domestic network. The airline, part of the Air France-KLM group, said on Monday it would reduce headcount through voluntary redundancies over the next year, while capacity for travel within France would fall 15 per cent by the end of 2021. Anne Rigail, chief executive, said that while the airline would hire in some areas over the coming year, “we also have the responsibility to guarantee an even balance of our activities in certain sectors to secure their long-term viability”.