French air traffic controllers at select bases are striking this week March 6 – 10, 2017, leading to cancellation of more than 1,000 flights. Airlines that use certain corridors of French airspace have been request to reduce their services by 25%.
The strike not only affect flights to/from France but also those that use the French airspace. Some flights are rerouted around France while others are canceled. You should check with your airline.
You can access Air France web page for strikes this week here:
FRENCH AIR TRAFFIC DISRUPTION FROM 6 TO 10 MARCH 2017
CALL FOR STRIKE ACTION BY FRENCH AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS
Updated on 6 March 2017, 09:05am Paris local time
Following the call for strike action issued by a union for French air traffic controllers from Monday 6 to Friday 10 March 2017, the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) has asked airlines to reduce their flight schedule between west and south-west France, the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa. Our flight schedule will be disrupted from Monday 6 March 2017.
On Monday 6 March, we expect to operate:
– All our long-haul flights
– Over 99% of our short and medium-haul flights departing from Paris Charles de Gaulle
– Over 83% of our domestic flight departing from Paris Orly or French province
Our flight schedule is updated for Monday 6 March.
Last-minute delays and cancelations may occur.
For Tuesday 07 March, our flight schedule will be updated this afternoon.
For the following days, the flight schedule will be updated on this website in the evening for the next day.
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.
If your flight is cancelled, our teams will do their utmost to provide you with a rebooking solution.
There is possible Air France cabin crew strike starting tomorrow. Not sure yet if it will go forward or not. Good idea to monitor your Air France itineraries and those that may touch the French airspace.
Remember that EC 261/2004 regulation does apply in case of strikes but airlines are not required to provide cash compensation due to delays of cancellations.
Airlines are, however, required to provide “duty to care” that means rebooking affected passengers on other airlines, to provide hotel accommodations and meal vouchers.