French General Strike On October 10, 2017, Affecting Flights In & Around France

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There appears to be new general strike brewing in France that will have Air Traffic Controllers participating.

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

This will affect flights to/from France and those that need to utilize the French air space. Air France and British Airways both are already offering rebooking options for those that prefer not flying on that day.

You can access Air France web page for the strike information here and BA’s here:

Here’s what Air France writes:

Following a call for strike action by several unions of air traffic controllers within the frame of a national action on October 10th 2017, the DGAC (French Civil Aviation Authority) has requested airlines to reduce their flight program to and from Parisian airports as well as from certain regional airports.

For October 10th 2017, Air France expects:
– to transport all customers on the long-haul network to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports.
– to operate nearly 75% of its short and medium-haul flight program. There may yet be last-minute delays and cancellations.

Our flights schedule will be updated the day before your travel, at the latest.

For the following days, we offer you rebooking options at no extra cost.
You can find details of our commercial measures in ‘Can I modify my trip?’

If you have a valid Air France ticket, issued on or before October 07, 2017, for a flight October 10, 2017, departing from or arriving in one French destinations, you can: 

– anticipate at no extra cost between October 07 and 09 or 
– postpone at no extra cost onto a later flight from October 11 until October 13, 2017 included.

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 13 October 2017, change your country of destination or origin or cancel your trip. In this case, you will be entitled to a non-refundable voucher valid 1 year for Air France, KLM or HOP! Flights.

And here’s BA’s information:

French ATC Strike BA

Conclusion

This strike has probably something to do with the current president that tries to adjust the rather rigid French labor laws and practices to better suit the 21st century.

Remember that the EC 261/2004 cash compensation doesn’t apply in case of strikes. The duty the care does, however. The airlines are required to rebook the affected passengers to the final destination on other airlines and provide hotel accomondation with meals in case of long delays.

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