It looks like it’s going to be a pretty rough week for travel to/from/within Europe, as the French air traffic controllers are on strike through tomorrow, Thursday, April 9, 2015. As a result, airlines have been asked to halve their flight schedules through tomorrow, to make things go as smoothly as possible.
The dispute involves plans to raise the retirement age for air traffic controllers from 57 to 59 (oh, the horror!), and for what it’s worth further strikes are planned for April 16 through April 18 and April 29 through May 2.
For example, here’s how Air France’s operations are being impacted:
Following the strike action launched by one air traffic controller union for the period from Wednesday 08 April early morning shift to Thursday 09 April 2015 end of night shift, the French Civil Aviation Authority gave instructions to all airlines to update their flight schedule for April 09 to/from Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly as well as for the following airports: Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Nice and Nantes.
As a consequence, we plan to operate for April 09:
– our whole long-haul program
– 50% of medium-haul program to/from CDG
– One flight out of four to/from Orly
– 40% departing and arriving from other French airports
So if you’re scheduled to fly through France today or tomorrow, be sure you check your flight status to see if your flight will operate as planned or not.
While you’re not entitled to EU261 compensation in the event of union action, airlines should be willing to rebook you on another airline in the event that your flight is delayed, and also have the obligation to put you up in a hotel.
Have you been impacted by the French ATC strike?