With more than 90% of the Group’s employees based in France and the Netherlands, Air France – KLM is a significant contributor to direct job creation in the regions around its two main hubs. With more than three quarters of the jobs linked to sub contracting located in Europe, the Group’s activities also generate numerous indirect and induced jobs: assistance and catering in the outstations, cleaning and sub contracted services required for the operation of an aircraft.

L’investissement dans d’autres projets sur la connaissance et la conservation de la biodiversité contribue également à comprendre le dilemme associé aux services écosystémiques comme à la production des biocarburants durables. Si certains types de biocarburants destinés au transport routier peuvent avoir un impact négatif sur la biodiversité, le groupe Air France - KLM veut garantir l’utilisation de carburants aéronautiques durables qui ont l’impact le plus faible sur l’approvisionnement en nourriture, la biodiversité et un impact positif sur le développement local.

 

The hubs create highly attractive business environments while airport proximity leads to the development of other activities (hotels, conferences, company show rooms, commercial and marketing functions, business services and activities linked to innovation).

In France:
Economic impact in France, according to an EM Strasbourg research report published in early 2020 on the basis of 2019 figures (pre-Covid 19):
€40 billion positive economic impact attributable to the Air France – KLM Group’s activity, representing 1.6% of French GDP;
475,000 FTE jobs depend on the Group’s activity;
for every job created by the Group, 8.7 jobs are created in the French economy;
for every euro invested, the Group generates two euros in the national economy;
the Air France – KLM Group’s activity directly generates €3.6 billion (including the taxes and social contributions paid by the Group and its employees);
Air France is a leading private sector employer in the Île de- France.

In the Netherlands:
At the end of 2020, KLM was one of the five largest private sector employers in the Netherlands. The KLM Group accounted for more than 28,000 jobs.

KLM’s extensive network has contributed to making the Netherlands an attractive location for both Dutch and international companies. The Air France Group, with operations at more than 40 French airports (in mainland France and overseas), reinforces the appeal of the regions and contributes to the growth in local activity (more than €400 million of contractual procurement).

LONG TERM COOPERATION AROUND OUR HUBS

Air France cooperates with local officials and companies as a member of the Board of the Club des Acteurs du Grand Roissy. This association aims to promote harmonious and balanced development of the Grand Roissy area, in synergy with the airport platform, and to promote public transport, housing and infrastructure projects essential for the development of this area.
Air France continues to participate in Orly International, with the aim of developing employment and promoting attractiveness of the Paris-Orly area.

Accessibility of airports

The accessibility of airports is an important factor in the development and the attractiveness of the local area surrounding our hubs. In addition to existing mobility solutions (RER, roads) to be modernized, Air France supports the Grand Paris Express Metro rail project which will connect both Paris-Orly and Paris-Charles de Gaulle’s airports to Paris, and the CDG Express project, which is expected to link Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport to the center of Paris in less than 20 minutes, thus offering a more satisfactory service to tourists and business travelers.
Air France works alongside other large companies based in the local area to pool mobility solutions: at Paris-CDG, 16 leading companies representing a bit more than 50% of the employees’ in the airport area, came together to form the R’PRO’Mobilité organization.

Space city planning

Air France is committed to ensuring territorial continuity, both in mainland France and overseas, aiming to interconnect territories and their economies. Inside its extensive domestic network, the Air France Group thus operates several regional development lines within the framework of public service delegations, from Paris to Corsica, Aurillac, Tarbes Lourdes, Castres Mazamet and Brive, and between Strasbourg and Amsterdam.

Air France’s long-term commitment to overseas territories (French West Indies, French Guiana, Indian Ocean, Pacific, etc.), both for passengers and goods transport, makes a decisive contribution to local populations and economies (tourism, agriculture, supplies…).
Around Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, all developments concerning “Wonen-Vliegen” will be monitored and discussed with the ORS (Schiphol Airport Environment Council). The terms and conditions under which the airline operates should be closely monitored (e.g., complaints handled by the government, costs in case of expansion of airport capacity) and defined by law.
KLM is working in partnership with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the City of Amsterdam to strengthen the competitiveness and development of the region, by working on sustainability themes, including the circular economy.

COMMITTED TO INCLUSION

Air France and KLM advocate inclusion through awareness, training and integration actions, in partnership, and through a solid network of associations and by working closely with the territories in which their main airports are located (see visual above).

Air France, signatory of the Corporate and Neighborhood Charter in 2013, supports the government initiatives PAQTE and “La France, une chance, les entreprises s’engagent”. Air France thus affirms its desire to make a concrete contribution to the priority districts of city policy and to the development of employment through 4 axes: awareness-raising (3rd year internships, company visit), training (access to apprenticeship and work-study programs, sponsorship), recruitment and use of companies in the sheltered sector.

Air France employs over 30,000 people in the Greater Paris region and 50% of staff hired in 2019 come from the departments bordering the Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly hubs.

 

Knowledge and skills for future generations

Air France receives more than 600 middle school students on internships each year, either collectively as part of the Tous en Stage program or on individual internship. Despite the public health crisis and its financial impact on the company, Air France continued to welcome interns and school children on work experience placements, notably via digital sessions. An innovative way of discovering and entering worlds theoretically not accessible, such as flight simulators or the operations control center, for instance. Through Article 1 or Nos Quartiers ont du Talent, around sixty Air France executives are sponsoring secondary students or young graduates from priority areas or from modest backgrounds, in order to promote their success in their studies or in their occupational integration.

Despite the unprecedented crisis in the air transport sector, Air France wanted – after a period of strong growth in the work-study rate multiplied by 4 between 2012 and 2019 – to continue welcoming work-study students within the company, on a volume adapted to the situation. Thus 1,875 work-study students were welcomed at Air France in 2020, including 182 new contracts.

In 2020, support for Air France interns nearing the end of their contracts was if anything an even greater priority for the company. The resources in place were adapted to the situation and individual support prioritized in partnership with Sodesi. Remote workshops on job‑seeking techniques, building self confidence and starting a business were thus proposed to interns as of June.

Air France also contributes to the vocational integration of young local people seeking employment in airport jobs, through JEREMY association (JEunes en Recherche dEMploi à RoissY et Orly, created on the initiative of Air France), which offers adapted training paths including internships and periods of application in companies, and which obtains 80% integration at the end of the internship. Since its creation, 1,200 trainees have been recruited by Air France.

In 2020, around 400 young people were supported by JEREMY in terms of technical and soft skills training to gain access to 3 types of profession: Commercial flight personnel, stopover and airport security personnel. In 2020, Jeremy set up, in collaboration with the Industrial Department, AFMAE and Grand Paris Seine Bièvre, a pre-training program for young people away from employment to allow them to pass the AFMAE selections and thus integrate a apprenticeship training of 2 to 3 years.

KLM is a co-founder of the Aviation Community Schiphol foundation, a community that creates sustainable employment for people who want to work at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Within this community, KLM also collaborates intensively with the MBO College Airport at Hoofddorp to ensure that the education they provide corresponds well to airport practices. The KLM Maintenance division partners 5 ROC establishments and offers internships to students training in aeronautical mechanics.

LOCAL DEVELOPMENT AT DESTINATIONS

We are an important driver of economic and social development and a strong supporter of initiatives for sustainable tourism.

Stimulating economic development

Thanks to the structure and density of its network, Air France-KLM is the largest intercontinental carrier between Europe and the rest of the world. Together with the flights operated by Delta within the framework of the transatlantic joint-venture, in 2020 Air France and KLM served approximatively 300 destinations worldwide.

As one of the first international groups to open flights to countries affected by geopolitical crisis and one of the last to suspend them, the Group fully supports their economic development.

In the event of natural disasters, Transavia, Air France and KLM Cargo participate in the shipment of emergency equipment. Thus, in solidarity with Lebanon which suffered substantial damage from two explosions, more than 15 tons of donations collected by staff volunteers were carried and delivered to the Air France – KLM delegation in Beirut, which redistributed them to local associations.

 

Responsible and sustainable tourism

If well-managed, tourism contributes to economic activity, development, and job creation, helping to lift millions of people out of poverty. As the concerns of tourism and air transport overlap, Air France and KLM are committed to mobilizing partners and clients to make tourism a positive catalyst for change, also by acknowledging the potential environmental impacts.

Through our longstanding partnerships with a number of NGOs, and universities, we support initiatives for sustainable tourism.

  • NHTV and Wageningen University: KLM takes part in the leisure, tourism and environment committee.
  • Air France is an associated member of ATR (Agir pour un Tourisme Responsable), an association of tour operators, which aims to develop and promote sustainable tourism.
  • Acting for Life, an Air France NGO partner, promotes responsible tourism as a virtuous circle that minimizes negative social, economic and environmental impacts and generates greater economic benefits for local people.

LOCAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Air France-KLM continues its international Open Innovation approach by participating in Africarena, through a sustainable development challenge to limit the  water double-carrying on the African network.

Founded in 2005 close to Bamako airport (Mali), in particular with the help of Air France, IAMA (Institut Africain des Métiers de l’Aérien) provides the whole range of training related to the air transport operators working for airlines or airport assistance companies based in French-speaking Africa: regulatory training, runway, traffic, passage, freight, etc. It thus enables these agents to acquire the skills necessary for the exercise of their profession and to maintain them at the required level of excellence.

As an IATA Accredited Training School, the institute is internationally recognized and issues diplomas stamped IATA. More than 2,000 agents were trained by IAMA instructors. IAMA has set itself the objective during the year 2021 to train more agents in French-speaking Africa outside Mali, in particular in Central Africa.

Through MATEA (Maintenance et Assistance Technique des Engins Aéroportuaires), Air France has developed a sales service of second-hand equipment that has been entirely reassessed. The aim is to guarantee the reliability and performance of track equipment in African locations, by offering the equipment at the best price to local handling companies. Also, through audit and repairing missions, African providers benefit from Air France’s experience in maintenance of airport equipment.

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