French air traffic controllers are on strike this week on Wednesday and Thursday that has lead to flight cancellations of 30% to 40% to/from French airports that may affect other flights as well.
Air France plans to operate all of its long-haul flights and 60% of its medium-haul flights from CDG. Flights from Orly are severely affected as the airline plans to operate only 30% of its flights from the airport.
French workers belonging to the SNCTA air traffic controllers union have begun strikes on Wednesday that will have widespread implications for air travel in France and Europe. Authorities in France said air traffic could be reduced by as much as 40 percent on Wednesday, with the strike expected to continue into Thursday.
The union has called for talks regarding working practices and the workers’ retirement age.
Air France said it hoped to operate almost all of its long-haul flights and would maintain 60 percent of its medium-haul schedule. On short-haul flights operated by its subsidiary HOP!, the airline recommended that travelers put off their travel until April 10, with two-thirds of short-haul flights from Paris’s Orly airport set to be canceled and 40 percent set to be cancelled at other airports.
Irish airline Ryanair said in a statement that it had been forced to cancel over 250 flights on Wednesday.
The air traffic controls are on strike due to retirement age changing to 59 years instead of 57. The union has planned further strikes.
Remember that the compensation for flight delays and cancellations per EC 261/2004 does not apply in case of strikes. The airlines, however, have duty to care (hotels and meal vouchers) and are required to rebook you to other airlines to get you to final destination.