Air France Potential Cabin Crew Strike March 18 – 20, 2017 (Rebooking Already Allowed)

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Several Air France cabin crew unions are set to strike between March 18 – 20, 2017, and the airline is not yet able to confirm which flights are canceled and which may operate during this period.

Air France Potential Cabin Crew Strike March 18 – 20, 2017 (Rebooking Already Allowed)

The airline, however, already is allowing passengers to rebook their potentially affected flight by bringing them forward or postpone them until March 28. You can also cancel your flight and get a voucher valid on Air France flights for one year after issuance.

You can access Air France’s web page for the strike announcement here.

Here’s the info that Air France has published so far:

AIR FRANCE CALL FOR STRIKE FROM 18 TO 20 MARCH 2017

Cabin crew call for strike from 18 to 20 March 2017

Updated on 13 March 2017, 14h Paris local time

A call for strike action has been issued by several Air France cabin crew unions, for the period from March 18 to 20, 2017.

Air France continues to favour social dialogue to find compromise solutions. It is too early to have a clear view of the outcome of these talks and the consequences of this strike action on our flight schedule.

Please note that Air France flights operated by an aircraft of other airlines, including HOP! would not be affected by this strike.

Without waiting, we offer you rebooking options at no extra cost, whatever the fare paid.

What are the consequences? Will my journey be impacted?

As soon as we will have a more accurate estimate of the number of employees on strike and the impact on our operations, our flight schedule will be adapted accordingly and published the day before your departure.

Some flights may be cancelled. Furthermore, in order to ensure a maximum number of flights with a reduced crew composition, we may be forced to limit the number of passengers on board some of our flights which would mean we may not be able to honour all reservations.

Customers affected by the cancellation of their reservation will be informed the day before departure.

How to stay informed?

On the day before departure, we will inform you personally, by SMS or e-mail, of potential impact on your journey.

Please make sure your personal contact details (mobile telephone, e-mail address) are up-to-date in the “Your reservations” section of our website or in the mobile app.

In the meantime, we would like to assure you that our teams are fully mobilized and will do their utmost to assist you and minimize the impact of this industrial action on your travel plans.

Can I postpone my trip?

If you have a valid Air France ticket, issued on or before 13 March, for a flight operated by Air France between 18 and 20 March 2017, you can :- anticipate your trip from 13 to 17 March 2017 inclusive- postpone your trip from 20 to 28 March 2017 inclusive

Save time by changing your booking directly online, in the “Your reservations” section of the website or in the mobile app. You can change your booking at no extra cost for the same travel cabin.
You can also contact your travel agent.

You may also choose to postpone your flight to after 28 March 2017, change your country of destination or origin or cancel your trip. In this case, we will provide you with a voucher valid for 1 year on AIR FRANCE, KLM or HOP! flights. This voucher is non-refundable.

Conclusion

The strike should take place from this Saturday to Monday. Weekends tend to be slower travel days for the airlines, but Monday will affect many business travelers.

It is unclear if the strike will go forward. Often these are canceled or rescheduled at the last minute due to negotiations. The airline, however, already is allowing potentially affected passengers to reschedule their flights or get a travel voucher. If their flight is eventually affected, passengers would be eligible for a full refund as well.

Just a reminder that if this strike will go forward, the European Union law EC 261/2004 dictates what the airline is required to do. Air France is required to rebook affected passengers at the earliest opportunity even on other airlines such as British Airways or Emirates. The airline is also required to provide care such as accommodation and food vouchers in case of long delays. They are not required to pay cash compensation due to delays caused by strikes.

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  • AsherO

    What is your source that airlines are exempt from compensation in event of a strike? The law is ambiguous, but many articles on the web say there are court rulings that hold the airlines liable in such instances.