The boss of Air France is making a last-ditch plea to striking workers in an effort to break a deadlock which threatens the future of the French flag carrier.

Ahead of unions staging the latest walk-out today (Monday) and tomorrow – coinciding with industrial action by SNCF railworkers – the airline’s chairman Jean-Marc Janaillac launched a consultation with all staff.

He acted after nine days of strikes since February 22 cost the carrier more than €220 million.

His move on Friday came after a 7% wage rise over four years was rejected by unions.

This consultation by electronic vote, which will begin on Thursday and end early in May, will invite all staff to give their opinion on the proposed multi-year pay proposal.

“Air France must emerge from this impasse,” Janaillac said.

“In the face of such a severe situation and because the company’s future could be under threat, I have decided to launch this consultation with all staff who over several years have been fully committed to improving Air France’s competitiveness.

“I cannot accept the disaster unfolding whereas a large majority of staff are not taking part in the strike action.

“Therefore, to put an end to this disaster and re-affirm the entire company’s commitment to the growth dynamic,

“I am calling on everyone to make their voices heard. I will be personally accountable for the consequences of this vote.”

Air France expects to run three quarters of its schedule today, including 65% of long haul flights, 65% of
medium haul and 85% of short haul.

The airline is due to give an update on its Tuesday schedule this afternoon.