Air France-KLM Joins the Recovery Effort to Help Rebuild Notre Dame
On Monday, President Emmanuel Macron of France promised in a press conference that "starting tomorrow" they would begin plans for reconstruction on Notre Dame following the devastating fire that ravaged through the iconic Parisian landmark.
The fire, though eventually contained, claimed the church's spire and severely damaged part of the roof. Details on how the blaze began are currently unknown, however, investigators speculate that it might have to do with the restoration project Notre Dame had already been undergoing.
While the building's main facade was salvaged (and quite a few notable artifacts, such as the crown of thorns and the tunic of Saint Louis), construction on Notre Dame could now cost up to three times its original budget of 150 million euros.
To help with the steep finances, Air France-KLM released a statement announcing that they will be joining the Notre Dame recovery efforts.
"Following the tragic fire that has ravaged Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, it is a symbol of French history, well known throughout the world, that has suffered a severe blow," the airline stated n a press release. "All Air France and Air France-KLM teams around the world have since been deeply affected and saddened."
Air France-KLM has also pledged to provide free flights for "all official partners involved in the reconstruction of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris."
The airline group will also be opening up donations to passengers, too. The process for voluntary donations, however, is still being figured out. A representative for Air France-KLM told TPG that details on how passengers can donate will be forthcoming.
In the meantime, Bloomberg reports that an array of French luxury-goods tycoons — including some of the country's wealthiest individuals and companies such as Gucci, L'Oreal and the LVMH fashion conglomerate — have pledged at least 600 million euros ($678 million) to help in the reconstruction of Notre Dame cathedral.