MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Some 20,000 jobs in the aviation sector are at risk in the French region of Occitanie due to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent cuts to air traffic, the president of the region, Carole Delga, said on Friday to the RTL broadcaster.
France's aviation sector has suffered unprecedented losses since the lockdown was introduced in the country in mid-March and the health crisis slashed passenger flights and aircraft orders, putting thousands of jobs at risk.
"In total, we will approach 20,000 jobs that can be threatened in the Occitanie region. It's a very, very strong shock", Delga said, adding that the aviation sector "has never experienced such a crisis".
Notably, on Tuesday, Europe's largest aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, unveiled a plan for 15,000 layoffs worldwide, including 5,000 in France and over 3,500 in Toulouse, the capital of the Occitanie region, to overcome the coronavirus crisis.
Moreover, the Air France-KLM group announced earlier in May a net loss of 1.8 billion euros (over $2 billion) in the first quarter of 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.