French National Strike Tuesday May 22, 2018 (Air Traffic Controllers Will Participate)

France is facing another national strike on Tuesday this coming week (May 22, 2018) that will have French Air Traffic Controllers participating as well.

Air France

This will have an affect also on flights that use French airspace such as BA’s to Spain and Air France has reduced flight activity on Paris – Orly, Marseilles and Lyon airports.

Air France has issued rebooking guidelines for affected passengers (access here):

NATIONAL CALL FOR A STRIKE ON TUESDAY 22 MAY 2018

Updated on 19 Mai 2018, 11:20 AM Paris local time

Following a call for strike action by several unions of French air traffic controllers within the frame of a national action on 22 May 2018, the DGAC (French Civil Aviation Authority) has requested airlines to reduce their flight program to and from Paris-Orly , Lyon and Marseillesairports.

Disruptions are therefore expected on these destinations. Our flight schedule for 22 May 2018 has been updated. However, last minute cancellation or delays can be expected too.

If you have a valid Air France ticket, issued on or before 18 May, 2018, for a flight operated by Air France or HOP on 22 May, 2018,

To the following cities: Paris-Orly, Lyon ou Marseille

you can anticipate your trip on 21 May, or postpone it until 25 May 2018 inclusive

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.
You can also contact your travel agent.

You may also choose to postpone your flight to after 25 May 2018, change your country of destination or origin or cancel your trip. In this case, we will provide you with a voucher valid for 1 year on AIR FRANCE, KLM or HOP! flights. This voucher is non-refundable.

And here’s from BA (access their page here):

We are unfortunately expecting a day of industrial action by air traffic controllers, as part of wider general strike in France on Tuesday 22 May.

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.

More information

Any customer, who purchased a ticket before 18 May, due to fly to or from any French airport as well as Barcelona and Madrid on a British Airways operated flight on Tuesday 22 May, regardless of whether their flight is operating or not, can bring their flight forward to either 19, 20 or 21 May or move it back to either 23 or 24 May.All rebookings are subject to availability. Unfortunately, if the threatened strike does go ahead, we are likely to be forced 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 from numerous European airlines 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. Once we receive more information from the French authorities about the likely scale of the industrial action we will aim to finalise our Tuesday flight schedules by Monday afternoon.

Conclusion

It has been truly a spring of never ending strikes in France that has affected passengers of Air France and those using the French railways.

Remember that the EC 261/2004 cash compensation doesn’t apply if these are due to strikes by ATC. The airlines are required, however, to provide Duty to Care for affected passengers such as hotels in case of long delays and meals.

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