French National Strike December 10, 2019

French is facing another batch of strikes today (December 10), when many employee groups are demonstrating against proposed pension reforms.

Air France A350

One of the air traffic control unions is participating that will reduce the number of flights that can take off, land, or fly over the French airspace.

You can access Air France’s page for travel disruptions here.

Here’s an announcement from Air France:

Due to a national call for strike action in France continued by French Air Traffic controllers on 10 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 10 December 2019.

Our flights schedule is up to date. On 10 December we expect to operate:
– all our long-haul flights
– Almost 90% of our medium-haul flights
– Almost 75% 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.

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

And here from BA:

Like all airlines, our operations to and from French airports and certain airports in Spain and Switzerland between Monday 9 December and Tuesday 10 December are likely to be affected by French Air Traffic Control industrial action which is due to take place.

Yet again industrial action in France will unfortunately cause unnecessary disruption for some of our customers travelling at this busy time.

We have had to cancel a number of flights but will be aiming to use larger aircraft where possible, on other services to help affected customers.

In addition, we have introduced a flexible booking policy for customers booked to travel on Tuesday 10 December to/from French airports, Barcelona, Madrid, Basel, Geneva and Zurich.

If you are due to travel on Tuesday 10 December to/from one of these airports, you can change your date of travel to any day from the 9-13 December 2019. While France’s industrial action is clearly beyond our control, we are sorry for any potential disruption to your travel plans.

Conclusion

Readers should have a look at their itineraries to/from/over France and make adjustments if required. Some Air France ground employees are striking, too, as are public transportation unions.

Remember that airlines are bound by the EC 261/2004 legislation that requires passengers to be rebooked to their final destination at the earliest opportunity and provide duty to care (accommodation and food vouchers) in case of long delays

Many countries in Europe have, or are in the process of adjusting the retirement age to factor in the change in longevity. People are living much longer than when these pensions plans were first instituted, and this eventually must be factored in (money cannot just come in from thin air) to keep them solvent.

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