July 3, 2020 / 9:05 AM / a month ago

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

A logo of Hop ! is seen outside the Air France's French regional airline unit Hop! head office in Bouguenais near Nantes, France, July 3, 2020. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

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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