AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Air France chief executive Ben Smith on Friday met the Dutch finance and transport ministers, amid growing unrest at the company’s vital KLM subsidiary over plans for tighter integration with its French parent.
Smith did not answer questions after the morning meeting in The Hague, but Netherlands Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra told reporters that they had had “intensive talks”.
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“I don’t think it’s polite to say exactly what we discussed,” Hoekstra said. “It was about protecting the interests of Schiphol (airport) and KLM.”
The meeting comes a day after KLM received a petition signed by 25,000 of its 35,000 employees asking Air France to renew the contract of KLM CEO Pieter Elbers, who is due to leave the company when his term expires in April.
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