Air France Pilot Strike (Mostly) Over

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Air France pilot strike over the expansion of Transavia has ended after 14 days and the operations are expected to gradually return normal midweek after crews and place are back in place.

Air France Strike FT

The Air France pilots were demanding that the flight crews on Transavia would receive the same benefits (pay, flight hours etc.) as they do.

You can read more about the latest developments on Financial Times website here (an excerpt below) and on New York Times here.

The end of the stoppage will come as a big relief to Alexandre de Juniac, Air France-KLM chief executive, who said last week the unions were trying to “kill the soul” of the company. Traffic is expected to take several days to return to normal; during the strike more than 50 per cent of flights were halted, costing the airline some €20m a day.

A second union, the SPAF, said it would maintain its strike action pending a reply to its settlement proposals from the company, but it represents only 12 per cent of Air France pilots.

In a statement, Air France-KLM said the end of the strike reinforced its determination to press on with its strategic plan to meet competition from low-cost rivals such as easyJet and Ryanair by accelerating “without delay” the development in France of its own low-cost operation Transavia.

Conclusion

Glad that the strike with Air France is finally over for now. It has disrupted travel plans of many. Seems that the continuous rise of the low cost carriers is unstoppable and the legacy carriers must adapt to the new environment to survive.

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