Air France-KLM, Europe's biggest airline, may need to cut a further 3,000 jobs but only through natural attrition, its chief executive said on Friday.

Asked to comment on a report in French daily Le Parisien that Air France planned a further 3,000 job cuts, Pierre-Henri Gourgeon told RTL radio: It may be of that order. For a company of 100,000 people, it's a 2-3 percent evolution.

It's what happened last year. It's our goal and it's based on natural departures, he said

In April, Air France-KLM said it aimed to cut 2,500-3,000 jobs in the next two financial years.

Gourgeon would not confirm that the Franco-Dutch airline was also considering temporary lay-offs to adjust to the global economic downturn.

We are reviewing all options. I have nothing specific to confirm on that issue. I do not know, he said, adding that the economic outlook was unclear.

(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Dan Lalor)