Is Another Top KLM Manager on the Way Out?

According to rumors spread in The Netherlands Erik Varwijk, Air France-KLM’s top cargo man will shortly be leaving the company.

The Franco-Dutch airline’s top cargo man Eric Varwijk might quit his job  /  source: hs
The Franco-Dutch airline’s top cargo man Eric Varwijk might quit his job / source: hs

Apparently a KLM official spokesman is quoted as saying that “the message is entirely premature.”
What does that mean then?
He will be leaving - but not just yet?

The revelation given by the Dutch Financial Times is said to be based on information “from within higher circles in the airline.”
Varwijk has been running the joint French-Dutch airline’s cargo division since about one-and-a half years.
His career began around 25 years ago with KLM and he was during the past couple of years one of the top managers who was responsible for the planning and follow through of the new AF-KL organisation.
One of the latest results of this was the decision to run down the Martinair freighter fleet, which leaves the future of its pilots in the balance.

If this were to be true, then Mr Varwijk would join a list of previous KLM managers who have left the troubled Dutch national carrier.
These include marketing director Marjan Rintel, financial manager, Jeroen Visser and recently Martin van der Zee, the carrier’s director of e-Commerce.
All were said to have been frustrated and in disagreement with the working relationship in-house between KL and its French partner airline.

This would be a further loss for the Dutch carrier and one would have to wonder, what will come next.

John Mc Donagh

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