Air France & British Airways Free Changes Due To French National Strike December 5 – 7, 2019

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There will be several strikes taking place in France this week (read more here), of which some are open-ended.

Air France A319

Now both Air France and British Airways have released a notice to customers and allow free rebookings even if the flight is scheduled to open due to possible last-minute cancellations. The strike also affects flights that utilize the French airspace, such as Spain and Switzerland.

Here’s the announcement from Air France (access here):

FRENCH NATIONAL STRIKE ACTION ON 5 DECEMBER 2019

Updated 4 December 2019, 08:30 am (Paris local time)

Due to a national call for strike action in France on Thursday 5 December 2019, continued by French Air Traffic controllers from 5 to 7 December, the DGAC (French Civil Aviation Authority) has requested airlines to reduce their flight program to and from Paris CDG, Paris Orly, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux airports for 5 December 2019.

Our flights schedule is up to date. On 5 December we expect to operate:
– all our long-haul flights
– 85% of our medium-haul flights
– Almost 70% of our domestic flights

Last-minute delays and cancelations cannot be excluded.

Our teams are fully mobilized and will do their utmost to assist you and minimize the impact of this industrial action on your travel plans.

Disruptions are also possible for 6 and 7 December, and our flight program will be adjusted the day before, following DGAC recommendations.

If you wish to change your flight to an earlier or later date, you may do so free of charge.

Here’s the statement from BA (access here):

Air Traffic Control industrial action in France – Thursday 5 – Saturday 7 December

Answer Id 7888 Updated 03/12/2019 01.35 PM (UK time)

Summary

Like all airlines, our operations to and from French airports and certain airports in Spain and Switzerland between Thursday 5 December and Saturday 7 December may be affected by French Air Traffic Control industrial strike action which is due to take place.

We are sorry for any disruption this potential action may cause to your journey.

More information

We have introduced a flexible booking policy for customers booked to travel between Thursday 5 December and Saturday 7 December to/from the following airports:

All airports in France

Barcelona – BCN

Madrid – MAD

Basel – BSL

Geneva – GVA

Zurich – ZRH

If you are due to travel between Thursday 5 December and Saturday 7 December to/from one of these airports you can change your date of travel to any day from the 2-4 December and 8-12 December 2019.

You can check the status of your flight using Flight Status. Please also make sure your contact details are up to date in Manage My Booking.

If you booked directly with British Airways please contact us to make these changes, otherwise, contact your travel agent.

Conclusion

This is a National Strike in France, and it is likely challenging to get to and from the airport when most of the public transportation is offline.

It is perhaps the best idea to rebook your flights unless necessary to avert the possible disruptions in travel.

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