We are involved in various local initiatives to create sustainable development, and social and economic value around our hubs and at our destinations.
LONG TERM COOPERATION AROUND OUR HUBS
Local structural initiatives
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 by end of 2025, 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, 14 leading companies representing a bit more than 50% of the employees’ in the airport area, came together to form the R’PRO’Mobilité organization. In partnership with R’PRO’Mobilité, Air France has launched Boogi, a carpooling platform for its employees in Ile-de-France. At Paris-Orly, Air France has greatly contributed to the revitalization of a PDMI (Inter-Company Mobility Plan): in June 2019, the Orly’Pro’Mobility association was created with 8 companies. In French regions, several mobility plans are also in progress.
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…).
Air France supports projects set to shape the areas around its hubs over the coming twenty years: for example, the Paris-CDG new T4 infrastructure’s project envisaged to face the growth prospects of air traffic.
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 and KLM support and contribute to skills development, the vocational integration of young people and the social integration of individuals excluded from the job market. This also includes promoting access to training leading to professions in the airline industry through a number of different associations and educational programs for young people.
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. Through Article 1 or Nos Quartiers ont du Talent, a hundred Air France executives sponsor second-degree students or young graduates from priority areas or from modest backgrounds.
With more than 1,300 new intern contracts offered in 2019, Air France has quadrupled its internship contracts enrollment rate over the past 7 years. Nearly 10% of these apprentices come from priority areas (while they represent barely 5% of internship contracts on average in France). To facilitate the long-term vocational integration of young interns who are unlikely to be recruited on permanent contracts, various support measures are organized at the end of their internship contracts (organization of job-seeking forums, workshops on how to set up a company or on job-seeking techniques, presentations of dedicated job offer websites, etc.).
Air France promotes women in technical jobs, in particular with the “Féminisons les métiers de l’aérien” operation, carried out for several years. With more than 60 mentors within the company (notably in the maintenance, IT and digital departments), Air France is also a partner of “Elles bougent” to promote diversity from orientation.
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. In 2019, MBO College Airport, part of ROC van Amsterdam (Amsterdam Regional Training Centre) and KLM, have developed a high quality simulation environment for aviation logistics at Schiphol. This merges KLM’s business school with regular intermediary vocational courses to form a specialised school for aviation logistics.
Air France and KLM also support workers with disabilities by working with sheltered sector companies. In 2019, Air France spent 20 millions and continues to work with around 40 sheltered sector companies on multiple projects (e.g. the upkeep of green spaces at some sites, the laundry of on board blankets, the packaging of headphones offered on board, etc.).
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.
2019 was also marked by the opening of a training center for apprentices dedicated to aircraft jobs, near Roissy. Air France is a major partner of this center, which trains more than 700 people each year.
LOCAL DEVELOPMENT AT DESTINATIONS
With 308 destinations in 116 countries, 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 2019 Air France and KLM served 139 long-haul destinations world-wide. 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.
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 large international events including CES in Las Vegas, Africarena, French Tech Hub and Hub Africa meeting, and the Trianon Start-up in support of a French-Russian start-up exchange initiated by presidents Putin and Macron.
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. As an IATA Accredited Training School, the institute is internationally recognized and issues diplomas stamped IATA. 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.