More than 1,000 flights were canceled ahead of a French air traffic control strike on Friday, altering plans for hundreds of thousands of passengers.
French aviation authority DGAC warned of “severe” flawAsking airlines to cut their schedules in half before closing and urging passengers to delay flights.
“cancellation of journeys Delay The DGAC said in a statement.
Passengers who may be invited to postpone their flights.
The industrial strike – which will run from 6am on Friday 16 September to 6am on Saturday 17 September – could disrupt European flights passing over French airspace.
In more bad news for French passengers traffic The Watch Union added three additional strike days.
Workers will leave their jobs on Wednesday, September 28, Thursday, September 29, and Friday, September 30.
What are the airlines that canceled their flights due to the French strike?
Air France canceled 55 percent of its short and medium-haul flights and 10 percent of its long-haul flights on Friday.
Ryan Air He canceled 420 flights that affected 80,000 passengers.
And the airline launched in a statement the “unjustified” strike.
“It is inexcusable that passengers who are not traveling to or from France will be disabled,” said Neil McMahon. Ryan Air operation manager.
McMahon called on the European Union to introduce legislation to protect overflights – flights that travel through a country’s airspace – from cancellations at short notice.
easyJet It has reportedly canceled “hundreds” of flights, according to French news organization The Local.
“Like all airlines operating to/from French airports, easyJet anticipates some disruption to its flight program and has asked the French Civil Aviation Authority to move forward with the cancellations,” easyJet’s statement read.
French budget carrier Transavia has announced the cancellation of 140 flights, while British Airways will cancel 22 flights.
Together with Volotea, these five airlines operate about 64 percent of all flights scheduled to depart in France on Friday.
Other airlines have also cut their schedules. Brussels Airlines canceled two flights Thursday evening and ten flights on Friday.
Why do French air traffic controllers strike?
The French National Syndicate of Traffic Controllers (SNCTA) – the main federation of traffic controllers in the country – called He hits on wages and working conditions.
The union said in a statement inflation It was eroding workers’ wages, calling for higher wages and more employment.
“Between 2029 and 2035, a third [air traffic control] workforce to retire. “It is essential that we anticipate and plan for recruitment,” the statement read.
“If not, the consequences will be inevitable in terms of public service, working conditions and flexibility.”
Will my flight be cancelled?
Air France And easyJet said they will contact each passenger individually.
An Air France spokesperson said: “The company regrets this action, which will have serious consequences for customers.”
The DGAC has advised passengers on other airlines to contact their carrier for more information.
If your flight is cancelled, you will likely be entitled to a full refund Refund or seat on another flight.
If you’re flying over France, your flight may not be affected – DGAC is partnering with Eurocontrol to help airlines avoid French airspace.
The union plans a second strike on September 28-30, but this may be called off if air traffic controllers reach an agreement