Local development

We are involved in various local initiatives to create sustainable development, and social and economic value around our hubs and at our destinations.


Local structural initiatives

In 2018, Air France worked in cooperation with local officials and companies on founding the Club des Acteurs du Grand Roissy. 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), 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 2024, 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, ten leading companies representing nearly 50% of the employees’ in the airport area, came together to form the R’PRO’Mobilité organization. At Paris-Orly, Air France has revitalized a PDIE (intercompany travel plan) with other businesses. In partnership with R’PRO’Mobilité, Air France has launched Boogi, a carpooling platform for its employees in Ile-de-France.


Space city planning

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.

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 (see visual above).

Air France conducts numerous initiatives to facilitate the access of young people to training and employment, such as Tous En Stage, Nos Quartiers ont du Talent and Elles Bougent, mobilizing more than 150 mentors within the company to support young graduates in their higher education and on their path towards employment.

To facilitate the long-term vocational integration of young interns within the company who are unlikely to be recruited on permanent contracts, various support measures directed at external employment 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.).

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.

Committed to the employment of vulnerable people

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”. Thanks to the association Papa Charlie, access to mobility and affordable car rentals were provided for vulnerable people who travel to Paris CDG for work. Air France encourages business creations by supporting local and regional competitions that target women (Créatrices d’Avenir), students or startups (Challenges du Numérique).

Air France and KLM also support workers with disabilities by working with sheltered sector companies. Air France made a spending of €19 million in the sheltered sector and continues to work with sheltered sector companies on multiple projects (e.g. the upkeep of green spaces at some sites, the shipment of packages of uniforms, the packaging of headphones offered on board, etc.), and entrusts them with highly critical services (four sheltered sector suppliers work with the IT department). 


With 318 destinations in 118 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 2018 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, social enterprises and universities, we support initiatives for sustainable tourism:

  • MAD (Make a Difference) Travel, a Filipino social enterprise linked to Gawad Kalinga, creates alternative travel experiences, immerses travelers in local culture, and welcomes them in eco-B&Bs, one of them financed by the Air France-KLM Group.
  • 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.

Air France raises awareness among its passengers by broadcasting promotional films on responsible tourism aboard Air France’s planes, in partnership with a responsible tour operator, Double Sens.


By identifying the key innovation players in Africa, Air France pursues its Open Innovation approach. Since 2017, in partnership with Myafricanstartup, Air France encourages the establishment of a genuine hub of incubators in Abidjan, in cooperation with the African Development Bank, with the objective to increase the visibility of startups with strong potential in Africa.

In 2018, Air France-KLM was a partner in the second edition of Africa’s largest technological innovation event, Africarena 2018. The event was an opportunity for international companies and investors to discover a selection of startups. Air France-KLM launched two challenges in the field of innovation: one focusing on improving the customer experience, and the other on sustainable development.

Founded in 2005 in Bamako (Mali), with the help of Air France, IAMA (Institut Africain des Métiers de l’Aérien) provides the necessary teaching at an international level to air transport operators, throughout the African continent. 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. In 2018, 91 items of fully refurbished airport equipment were sold, including 68 at the time of the 31st African Union (AU) Summit.