France will have a general strike on Thursday and Air Traffic Controllers will be participating starting on Wednesday evening resulting in flight cancellations/delays. British Airways has now issued travel waiver but Air France strangely has not.
These strikes not only affect French air traffic but to/from neighboring countries too that need access the France’s airspace. Traffic to/from Spain is especially hard hit.
Here’s the Travel Waiver that BA has now issued:
Industrial action in France – Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 November
We are expecting further periods of industrial action by the main Air Traffic Control trade unions as part of a national strike in France on the evening of Wednesday 15 November and all day on Thursday 16 November.
Yet again this will unfortunately bring another wave of unnecessary disruption for some customers travelling in Europe.
We are sorry that your flight could face disruption, which is beyond our control, and we recognise that you may not wish to travel as a result.
We have therefore introduced a more flexible rebooking policy to help customers travel on alternative dates and avoid the strike action.
Any customer due to fly to or from any French airport as well as Madrid and Barcelona on Wednesday 15 or Thursday 16 November, regardless of whether their British Airways operated flight is flying or not, can bring their flight forward ahead of the strike period or move it back to a date up to and including Saturday 18 November. All rebookings are subject to availability.
Unfortunately, if the threatened strikes go ahead, we will have to cancel some flights as a result of the strike action and other short haul flights may also experience some disruption, given how many flights would normally use French airspace each day.
We will be using larger aircraft, where possible, to help affected customers and are doing all we can to reduce the levels of disruption.
Here’s the travel alert that a LoyaltyLobby reader forwarded to me:
France: Air traffic controllers plan to strike 15-17 November, and possible air, rail travel disruption expected during planned general strike.
The Direction des Services de la navigation aerienne (DSNA), an agency in charge of air traffic communication and information for France, informed Eurocontrol on Friday of a call for an air traffic controllers’ strike on 15 November at 1800 UTC until 17 November, 0500 UTC.
Passengers planning to fly into or out of airports in France on the day of the planned industrial action should contact to confirm flight status.
From media reports: The Connexion reported that unions opposed to policies of President Macron plan a day of strikes and protests on Thursday, 16 November. The strikes are expected to have impact on air and rail travel.
Two main rail unions, CGT-Cheminots and FO-Cheminots, are calling their members to strike at the national rail operator, SNCF, from 7 p.m. on 15 November until 8 a.m. on 17 November, local times, Tourmag reported.
We recommend that you contact your management teams for any questions or need that may arise.
Fuente/Source – BCD Travel Alerts, GEBTA Alerts
These strikes usually mean that Air France cancels bunch of short-haul and domestic flights especially from Orly but tries to operate all long-haul flights. The airline still hasn’t put up any information on its website about this travel disruption as they usually do allowing passengers to postpone their travels or opt for refunds.
Remember that the duty to care per EC 261/2004 applies in case of strikes and the airlines are required to rebook you to your final destination at the earliest opportunity even on other airlines. You may have to prompt them to do this, however.