Jean-Marc Janaillac, CEO of Franco-Dutch airline Air France-KLM, announced his resignation after a majority of the Air France staff voted “no” in a consultation vote on a salary offer.

The CEO sought an agreement with the staff outside the opposing French trade unions amid a rising deadlock situation following 13 days of strike.

Earlier on Friday Air France-KLM announced an operating loss of 118 million euros, including around 75 million euros due to the strike impact at Air France.

On April 16 Janaillac offered a multi-year pay agreement proposal to the staff ensuring a 7 percent wage increase over four years, including a 2 percent increase in 2018. Janaillac had laid his personal future in the hands of his staff, that was allowed to vote on the salary offer. If the proposal was rejected by the employees, he would resign.

Between April 26 and May 4, 2018, 46,771 staff members at Air France were able to express their opinion in an electronic voting process. With a participation rate of 80.33 percent in this consultation, 55.44 percent of employees have voted “no”, the airline announced in a press release.

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