Air France-KLM offering free flights to those helping rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

David Oliver

Air France-KLM is doing its part to assist with the reconstruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral following the devastating fire on Monday.

"All Air France and Air France-KLM teams around the world have been deeply affected and saddened since (Monday)," the airline said in a Tuesday statement. "Air France will provide free transport for all official partners involved in the reconstruction of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris." 

"Moreover, in the days ahead, the Air France-KLM group will set up a voluntary donations fund for its customers to help finance the reconstruction work," the airline added.

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Donations neared the $1 billion mark, and recovery efforts ramped up Wednesday at the charred Notre Dame Cathedral after priceless relics and historical treasures were reported saved from a devastating fire that left Paris – and much of the world – in a state of shock.

French authorities said the cathedral was perhaps only minutes away from total destruction when Monday's blaze swept through the medieval building. 

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Contributing: Kim Hjelmgaard, Ryan W. Miller, Doyle Rice

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