Cost cuts help Air France KLM

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SHARES in Air France KLM soared 18.6 per cent yesterday as the struggling airline’s cost cutting strategy helped to halve its operating losses.

While overall losses widened to €895m (£699m) for the quarter, from €197m a year ago due to a euro restructuring charge, the firm narrowed operating losses to €66m as it squeezed non-fuel costs.

Revenues rose 4.5 per cent to €6.5bn.

Analysts said that despite union unrest over the cost cuts, the efficiencies pledged so far have put the part-state-owned firm on a stronger footing.

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