Air France Pilots To Strike On May 3, 4, 7 And 8, 2018

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Air France pilots today announced new strike dates for early May after striking for eleven days in February, March and April. The airline already issued rebooking options for affected passengers.

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Pilots will strike on May 3, 4, 7 and 8, 2018, unless airline is able to reach an agreement with and the action is called off.

You can access Air France’s page for strike information here.

Here’s the rebooking information:

If you have a valid Air France ticket, issued on or before 26 April, for a flight operated by Air France or Joon on 03, 04, 07 or 08 May, you can anticipate or postpone your trip between 30 April and 15 May 2018*.

* We recommend you to avoid a rebook on another day impacted by the strike.

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.

A voucher valid for one year on Air France, Joon, KLM or HOP flights! will be given to you if you prefer to postpone your trip beyond 15 May 2018, change destination or departure city, or cancel your trip. This voucher is not refundable.

Reuters is reporting that the airline has offered 7% rise (access their piece here):

Air France (AIRF.PA) is balloting staff over its offer of a 7 percent pay rise over four years, after unions rejected the proposal as too modest.

Three pilot unions on Thursday called for more strikes over the May 3-8 period – a move condemned by the airline as putting its economic situation “even more at risk”.

Prime Minster Edouard Philippe said Air France faced significant “turbulence” if it lost its battle with unions. The French state holds 17.6 percent of the Air France KLM group.

Conclusion

Air France has been forced to cancel anywhere up to 30% of its flights during these strike dates that affect long-haul flights day before/after due to aircraft and crew rotations. The airline has already lost 300 million euros due these actions.

The airline has already issued the rebooking guidelines for these dates in May that it has never done this far in advance.

If you are ticketed to fly on Air France during these four days in May, it is probably sensible step to take advantage of their free rebooking option or get moved to another airline such as KLM.

I would avoid buying tickets on flights operated by Air France until the airline is able to reach an agreement with its employees.

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