The Air France pilot strike that I wrote last week begun this weekend and is causing havoc. The airline expects to operate 72% to 85% of the flights schedule on June 13 and 14.
The pilots are striking for three hours thee times a day (to cause maximum harm). The airline claims that less than 30% of the pilots are participating while union claims participation rate of 70%.
You can access Air France’s web page for strike info here.
Here’s Air France announcement:
Update on 13 June, 11h30 local time in Paris
Further to the call for strike action issued by several airline pilot unions, for the period from June 11 to 14, our flight schedule operated by Air France is disrupted. Please note that Air France flights operated by an aircraft of other airlines, including HOP, KLM and Delta, are not affected by this strike.
For today, Monday June 13, we plan to operate 85% of our long haul flights, 85% of our domestic flights, and 72% of our medium-haul flight to and from Paris – CDG.
Last minute disruptions are not excluded.
Our flight program for June 13 is up to date.
For tomorrow, Tuesday June 14, we plan to operate around 85% of our long haul flights, around 80% of our domestic flights, and around 75% of our medium-haul flight to and from Paris – CDG.
Update of our flight program for June 14 is on-going.
Our operations is planned to resume on June15 and minor disruptions may occur, due to legal and operational constraints.
Update of our flight program for June 15 is on-going.
Before going to the airport, we advise you, to check flight information updated in real-time on our website, in the “Flight and airport info” section.
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.
If you are travelling on a flight operated by Air France, we propose you to postpone your departure to avoid the period from 11 to 14 June 2016 if you have the opportunity.
– You may postpone your trip from June 15 to June 21, 2016 included, at no extra cost in the same ticketed cabin.
You can make these changes on this website*, in the “Your reservations” section, on our mobile sites or from your travel agent.
– To postpone your trip beyond June 21, 2016, to change your origin or destination or if you no longer wish to travel, you can receive of a non-refundable voucher valid one year on Air France, KLM or Hop!
In this case, you may contact your travel agent.
How to stay informed?
To be notified personally by text message or e-mail, we invite you to update your contact information (phone and / or e-mail) in your reservation file on our website.
If you wish to contact us, please note that our waiting time may be longer than usual. We are doing our best to service you as good as we can.
Please note that the information on our website is as accurate as we have available on the phone. Therefore we advise you to check your flight status or change your flight on our website.
We sincerely hope that your flight will operate as scheduled and apologize for any inconvenience this strike action may cause you.
This strike will obviously affect flight schedules for June 15 as well because airplanes and crews are out of place especially at the outstations.
Remember that Air France is by law required to provide care per EC 261/2004 meaning hotel accommodation and meals for affected passengers. They are not required, however, to provide monetary compensation.
The airline is required to rebook the passengers on other airlines to get them to their final destinations es expediently as possible.