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 and has now extended the dates through May 27.
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 updated 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 27 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 27 May 2018, change destination or departure city, or cancel your trip. This voucher is not refundable.
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.
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.
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 avoid buying tickets on flights operated by Air France until the airline is able to reach an agreement with its employees.