Number of Air France unions have already had two strikes this year on February 22nd and on March 23rd. There is an additional strike on this coming Friday March 30th. Previous strikes have lead to cancellation roughly half of the long-haul flights plus smaller percentage of short and medium haul ones. The expected strike will likely lead to similar cancellation percentage.
Unions have called for two additional strikes next week on April 3rd and 7th. Employees are demanding 6% pay raise after six years of stagnant wages. The airline has offered them just 1%. AIr France has now issued rebooking guidelines for next week.
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Here are the rebooking guidelines for March 30 by Air France:
AIR FRANCE STAFF CALL FOR STRIKE 30 MARCH 2018
Updated on 27 March 2018, 04:30 AM Paris local time
Due to several Air France staff unions call for strike on Friday 30 March 2018, our flight schedule will be disrupted.
Please note that Air France flights operated by an aircraft other than that of Air France or Joon will not be affected by this strike (HOP!, KLM, Delta…).
We now offer rebooking options at no extra cost, no matter the fare.
What are the consequences? Will my journey be affected?
As soon as we have a more accurate estimate of the number of employees on strike and the impact on our operations, our flight schedule will be changed accordingly and made public the day before your departure.
Some flights may be cancelled. Furthermore, in order to ensure the maximum number of flights with our reduced crew, we may have to limit the number of passengers on board some of our flights, meaning that we will not be able to honor all bookings.
Customers whose bookings are cancelled will be informed the day before their departure.
Can I postpone my trip?
If you have a valid Air France ticket, issued on or before 26 March, for a flight operated by Air France or Joon on 30 March, you can:
– anticipate your trip from 27 March 2018 to 29 March
– postpone your trip between 31 March and 05 April 2018.
Save time by changing your booking directly online, in the “Your reservations” section of the website or in the mobile app. You can change your booking at no extra cost for the same travel cabin.
This is valid until 02 April included. Beyond this date, we recommend to contact your travel agent that can also be contacted at any time.
You may also choose to postpone your flight to sometime after 05 April 2018, change your country of destination or origin or cancel your trip. In these cases, we will provide you with a voucher that will be valid for 1 year and can be used on AIR FRANCE, KLM or HOP! flights. This voucher will be non-refundable.
If you are scheduled to fly on March 30th or day before/after on Air France, you should consider taking advantage of the rebooking options offered. These are busy travel days in Europe due to Easter holidays.
Remember that Air France is required by the EC 261/2004 legislation to provide duty to care for stranded passengers (accommodation, meals and calls) and rebook them to final destination at their (passengers) earliest convenience even on other airlines such as Emirates, Qatar Airways, and British Airways to name some.
I would be hesitant to book flights on Air France until these employee issues are resolved. It seems that the unions are starting to strike more often to raise the management’s pressure to negotiate.