French strike 2013
May 9 Air France strike out of Ajaccio Airport, Corsica this Saturday has been cancelled.
April 9 So far no delays today.
Announced:-Sunday, April 7 French Civil Service Union strike Monday, April 8, 2013 5PM till Wednesday, April 10, 5AM. Not sure how this will effect flights or not.
March 19, 2013 Air France pilots ticked about concessions made to cabin crew union deal earlier this week.
March 14 Here we go again. French airports expect flights to Germany to be delayed again, German airport security strike again starting tomorrow Cologne/Bonn airport and at Dusseldorf airport. Will last all day, expect hundreds of flights to be cancelled. More flier aggravation
March 16 Air France union SNPNC, Unac, Unsa, PNC, cabin crews all sign new contract with management.
French union CGT calling for a day of action.
Update February 26 :- Unfortunately French air traffic controllers are joining in this strike. Minimum service will be guaranteed. Follow along with us on our French air traffic controllers strike page. February 12:- Two unions CGT and Force have called for a strike on Tuesday, March 5. Will effect air travel, urban transport, roads, highways, cleaners and taxis. Other unions may join in. We will be updating as the news comes in. (Same week as planned Iberia Airline strike)
Flight attendants issue
Update:-February 28 Air France flight attendants unions CGT and South Air have called for a strike from Wednesday February 27 to Sunday March 3. Not sure how this is effecting flights. Let us know.
22 February 2013 Air France flight attendants from three unions SNPNC, UNAC AND UNSA have made a tentative agreement with management. Will bring proposal to union members for a vote in the near future. AF reports yearly loss of 1.2 billion.
29 January, 2013 Air France flights likely to be hit by French civil servants strike. French air traffic controllers are included in this bunch. They will start striking anytime between tomorrow, Wednesday, 1800 UTC till Friday, February 1, 0500 UTC. Likely to effect all French airports, not sure of individual airports yet, it really depends on who shows up work. Minimal air service will be guaranteed. International flights likely to go a head.
18 January 2013 French airports due to the Algeria/Mali mess are all on high security alert. Come early to your airport, as much as three hours has been recommended, particularly if you are flying from/to USA or Israel.
New threat not just Air France flights, but most of the French general public. Tomorrow, Thursday, January 10, nationwide taxi strike from 7am to 5PM. Roads and highways to your airport will be blocked.
--- Great news this strike has been cancelled. January 4, 2013 French Pau - Pyrenees Airport possible strike Friday, January 11, 24 hours.
As far as we know Air France flight attendants strike is still on the the 8th and 9th. Waiting for an email back from union.
Heads up:- Possible French unions calling for a general strike on Wednesday 8 January 2013.
January 2, 2013 Air France is to close bases in Toulouse, Nice and Marseille in September. They've only been open a year.
Last years 2012 industrial actions
In the mean time. On 28 November Air France strike announced by cabin crew, strike, Union UNAC announce strike for Tuesday, Wednesday 8, 9 January 2013.
10 November 2012 Strike next week by various air traffic controllers across Europe. Expect to be delayed or cancelled. European Day of Action
Update today 23 October AF (and other airlines) flights being cancelled left right and center today due to the air traffic controllers strike. Seems to be hitting Toulouse, Nice, Marseille and Lyon. Strike action on and off till 0430 UTC Wednesday. Added to this is bad weather in UK.
French Rail Strike
Announced today 17 October, SNCF French Railway, unions planning a strike for Thursday 25 October. Trains will be running expect some cancellations on a few routes.
Update:-Air France baggage handlers strike, went by with very little disruption.
Air France 32,000 baggage handlers to strike Friday,
26 October. (Just in time for French school holiday's) Air France bringing in 6,500 workers to pick up the slack. AF will not cancel flights. Make sure they have your contact information. Get to the airport earlier than usual. Register online for your flight. Here's what Air France has to say
19 October 2012 CFMU is reporting that French air traffic controllers will strike next week.
The strike will take place between:
1730 UTC Monday 22/10/12
0430 UTC Wednesday 24/10/12.
Be aware Lyon Airport has a notice up about train travel to and from the French airport by coach.
Air France may loose LA - Tahiti route. Not profitable for airline. If route is suspended Air Tahiti Nui will pick up the slack. Air Tahit Nui has had its fair share of industrial action lately. See Easy Travell Report
24 July Air France not expecting any disruptions this week. On Friday management will give information on the 5,122 job cuts. 2 billion savings by 2013.
22 July 2012 Air France strike by pilots from a minor union according to Air France and to expect minor delays. If I'm flying this week with them, I don't consider my pilot minor at all in my travel plans. Strike is to start Wednesday - Sunday July 25 to 29. Call them, make sure they have your email and cell phone number.
17 July Air France subsidiary Regional is to strike 21-23 July 2012. Expect this to ripple around network, call them for rescheduling. We will follow along here at
12 July 2012 Several unions have joined in the "Transform 2012" campaign. Pilots and flight attendants have not yet decided. 3 ground unions have signed on.
28 June 2012 Plans for "Transform 2015" are made public today. No union has signed off on the deals. Coming to grips with the 5,000 or more staff threatened with layoffs. 6 July ground personnel to sign off on the deal, air crews end of July. Hopefully they will hold things together and not strike this summer.
Update:-21 June No strike.
Update from PNC union today state that South Air, union and unrepresentative minority.pnc-contact.com Here's another article if you can translate it, comments are good air-journal.fr
June 21 Meetings to take place. Perhaps cooler heads will prevail. If not...
Air France union "Air South" state they will strike Thursday, June 21-24.
Strike is by national union called SUD Air, all ground staff and cabin crew to strike. All personal and crew are called to strike. Here's what the union has to say sud-aerien.org If you are flying with any of the French subsidiaries of Air France ie:- Airlinair Regional Britair Transavia call to confirm. Paris airports Roissy Charles de Gaulle CDG Airport and Orly expected to be hit hard.
Strike is over cut backs, job security, 5,000 employees to go.
30 March 2012 Air France back in the news today.
Baggage handlers will strike starting 4 AM Monday
2 April till 4 AM Wednesday. Pilots and cabin crews are not involved this time. Management state limited problems expected, although they don't state that they have a contingency plan in place. May start earlier, Sunday 6 PM. Plus air traffic controllers at minor airports
27 February 2012 We have a European day of action which may possible effect some French airports on 29 February 2012.
15 February 2012 Beginning of the French school holiday. Air France flights are running as normal. Sud Rail is on strike over the next two weekends. Other than that your good to go. Except if flying into Germany tomorrow...
First Air France strike for 2012 Pilots and personnel will strike for three days starting Tuesday, 6, 7 and 8 February. Here's what Air France has to say. February Air France strike, flights going to Brazilian airports, Galeão International Airport (GIG) in Rio de Janeiro and Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) in São Paulo.from Charles de Gaulle airport Rio Times Friday 10 February Weathers not helping but flights getting back to normal. Pilots and management will meet today. Meeting interupted by protestors. Management reps left meeting. Deadlock. Lesechos
9 Feb. Thursday Update:-Strike is due to end tonight, all parties will meet again tomorrow. High chance issue will not be resolved as French government is not going to back down.
Update for Wednesday 8 February Paris Charles de Gaulle 6 flights cancelled at last minute today. Going to take a while for these flights to get back to normal. Even if flying on Friday, call them.
7 February Update today Tuesday:- Air France say tomorrow Wednesday more flights will leave than today. Unions stating today that the strike is a huge success and that 60% of pilots have joined in the strike. A pilot who cancels a long haul flight to a strike may loose up to a 1/4 of his monthly salary. This is causing internal union unrest as lower unions don't have such a financial loss. 3,000 people turned up at airports today and had their flights canceled. We have learned that the strike will go on till Thursday night. Send us an email, tell us what's going on at your airport. Here's what the pilots union SNPL has to say.
Another update for today, Monday:-Oh dear, tomorrow only 50% of long-hauls will leave and 70% of its short and medium hauls.
23 December announced today Air France strike by pilots and airline personnel starting Monday, 1 am 6 February though 9 February 2012. (No other public transportation to join in.)
Update:-1 February, Air France cabin crews to join in and ground crews. Additional news French unions mulling another strike/demonstrations date Wednesday 29 February.
Air France stated tonight (Friday 3 February) that on Monday it plans to fly over 80% of its short and medium flights. Longhauls 85% of them. You've called them, right!! They do not rule out on the spot cancellations. Britair will likely be joining in the industrial action. Ground handlers, refueling and baggage handlers may also join in. Passengers should call 39 50 or abroad 33 1 70 36 39 50. Do you have a smartphone? If so download Ap "My Airport"
Here's what Air France has to say.Trains, public transportation are running fine. Back to front page. Do email us with anything no matter how trivial other passengers may benefit. Here's an article by USA Today Italy dealing with snow storms causing more delays in the system.
So last year
12/12/11 JUST ANNOUNCED late tonight, ALL FRENCH AIRPORT SECURITY EMPLOYEES TO STRIKE FRIDAY 16 DECEMBER. Will post more info as it becomes available to us. Expect severe delays or even flight cancellations.
10 October 2011 So much is going on in France this and coming weeks. Check our front page. Air France flight attendants are to strike 29 October to 2 November follow along. Decided to give Air France flight attendants own page
7 Sep. Air France-KLM will possible layoff 5,000 to 10,000 jobs.1/6th of the workforce. Check your favorite route it maybe eliminated.
Update:- 26 July correction Air France pilot strike is still on for next month, dates below. Flight attendants only have made a deal.
Update:-24 July It has been announced strike by flight attendants and pilots has been cancelled.
19 July A couple of things are going on with Air France that you should know about this month.
First French pilots gave strike notice. Traditionally long-hauls fly. Short-hauls ie. travel between European cities maybe cancelled or severely delayed. Same for domestic travel.
Air France pilots strike Friday - Monday,
5 August to 8 August 2011. Do keep an eye on our front page.
Then yesterday it was announced by French flight attendants will strike from Friday July 29 till Monday 1 August.
16 June 2011 Air France strike by mechanic still going on. Some rescheduling of some long-haul flights operating to Paris Charles de Gaulle in the night of June 16 to 17. Here's what Air France has to say.
French airport strike Pau-Pyrnenees Airport and Lourdes Tarbes Airport Pyrnenees starting this week-end Saturday 21 May 6am till Sunday 22 May midnight. Some airlines to be effected, Ryanair, Air France, and BMI Baby.
April 28, 2011 New, first one of the year, French general strike. Not a lot of information out just yet. In the past all long hauls have gone as scheduled. front page March 2011 is shaping up to be just awful, check our front page
Old stuff, so 2010
26 Oct. Times are in for the new French air traffic controllers strikes. Starting 5pm, Wednesday, 27, Oct to Friday, 5am, 29 Oct. International flights should run as planned. As usual call your airline.
19, October Another new French general strike today. In short French air traffic controllers are going to continue to strike till 23, October. Long hauls are supposingly not being effected. Call and confirm your flight.
24, September, NEW French general strike Tuesday 12, October, change your flight for earlier rather than later. Call your airline. Trains joining in. Do check are front page.
Air France joining in press release 10/10/10
French Civil Aviation Authorities have limited the number of flights for all airlines.
Therefore, on October 12, we plan to operate100 % of our long-haul flights, and have had to cancel some domestic and European flights.
We apologize for any inconvenience this situation may cause you.
Our commercial services will do their utmost to inform you of flight cancellations and offer you alternative solutions where applicable, either on a flight with Air France, with KLM through Amsterdam, or with one of the SkyTeam alliance partners.
Please check your flight status before you travel to the airport.
Air France - KLM will cancel some short and medium haul flights on September, 23. 100% of longhauls will fly. Airline passengers ie. Ryanair (200 flights cancelled) and Aer Lingus passengers you'd better call your airline. Last strike, Air France cleared back up off flights reasonable early the following day after the strike. 400 flights to and from UK will be cancelled. Thousands of air passengers delayed world wide as passengers had to be delayed or diverted. See flightradar24.com I
Air France - KLM press release
Tuesday 09/21/2010 09:35:35 TU
Some Air traffic controllers' trade unions will take part in the general strike launched in France on Thursday, September 23. As a result, French Civil Aviation Authorities have limited the number of flights of all airlines.
Therefore, we plan to operate 100% of our long-haul flights. However, we will cancel some short and medium-haul flights.
Our flight schedule is currently being updated.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Our commercial services will do their utmost to inform you of flight cancellations and offer you alternatives where applicable, either on a flight with Air France, with KLM through Amsterdam or with one of the alliance partners.
Please check your flight status before you travel to the airport.
You may find updated information on departures and arrivals on the home page by clicking on "Flight and destination information".
You may also :
- Phone the Air france local call center or travel agent
- If you are in France, call Air France on 3654
Air France-KLM will strike, 1:00 to 24:00 Thursday, June 24, 2010 expect flight delays and disruptions out of Paris, Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports.
17, March, 2010 Air France flight attendants to strike Sunday, 28, March, 2010, to Wednedsay, 31, March, 2010. If no agreement is made expect disruptions on short hauls.
7 Feb. 2010 Here we go, first one of the new year. But a whole week-end! I hear you cry. Still time to change your flight, hurry up.
AIR FRANCE, two pilot unions UNPL and R'Way have given notice of a strike. From Friday, 26 February to Monday, 1, March 2010. Air France assurances that passengers will not be affected
Obese passengers to be charged double to fly with Air France
1/12/10 Double whammy in France. Air traffic controllers strike Wednesday till Friday am and weather is causing massive flight cancellations. Air France will not cancel long hauls, but domestic flights out of Orly and CDG will be cancelled. Check with airline asap and our front page.
12/20/09 Weather disruptions of French domestic flight programme and European flight programme are expected at Paris-Orly and at Paris-Charle de Gaulle airports.
However, Air France plans to operate all its long-haul flights at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
October,7, 2009 Protests and General strike France
8/14/09 Kenya Airways has been having industrial action see info
7/9/09 Air France may impose temporary lay-offs or part-time working as it faces a continued slump in traffic. Not a word on the Internet about the pilot strike threat during the summer. We have emailed union and Air France, no reply from both....
***Alert:-5/22/09 Air France pilots union SNPL will protest over union rules, has filed a notice for a national strike on each of the weekends from July 10 to August 3, 2009
Heads up, France strike, Tuesday, May 26 and Saturday, June 13, 2009 French General strike nationwide. Change travel plans to earlier rather than later. 8 unions participating.
13 June, 09 Train union was to join strike, train travel across country normal today. Air France only one cancellation in am. Protests nationwide, low turn out,
(Air France pilots battled for 15 minutes to save doomed flight AF 447 .telegraph.co.uk
20 June, 09 Air France chief executive Phillipe Gourgeon told RTL radio that the airline plans to make an advance of about C17,500 ($24,400) for each of the 228 victims, with no strings attached.
3 June, 09 Intertropical Convergence Zone, a clash of weather systems stretching around the Earth's midsection. It's been compared to a slithering snake that runs several hundred miles wide and towers up to 60,000 feet. And its latest victim may have been Air France Flight 447..mysuncoast.com 1 June 09 Air France passenger jet missing. Brazil to Paris, 228 passengers. Article from AOL Woman dies in car crash days after missing doomed Air France flight. cbc.ca Two passengers on doomed Air France jet cleared of links to Islamic terrorism. Dailymail.co.uk)
5/09 Air France/KLM Group announced a net operating loss of 814€ million for 2007/2008. The Group plans to reduce its payroll by around 3000.
2 May 09 Air France, Swine flu, baggage handlers refusing to unload planes from Mexico, causing delays and chaos. Involved 1,000 passengers from Cancun and around a dozen flights from Spain. An Air France crew and several individual flight attendants have refused to board flights to Mexico since the outbreak of the swine flu crisis. See what pilots union is saying SNPL
France General strike, nationwide, Friday, 1 May, 2009
3/20/09 After the dust settled. CDG, international and domestic flights departed on time. Other airports across the country were hit badly.
Here we go again!
8 Unions call for general strike "les grÃ¨ves," (the French word for strikes) again on 19 March, 2009
Due to the cancellation of TGV express trains on 19 March 2009, Air France has arranged bus service to operate between Brussels-Midi train station and Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, in both directions.
These busses are exclusively reserved to clients holding a reservation and an
Air France ticket on one of the cancelled TGV trains on 19 March 2009.
For more information on bus schedule, passengers concerned are kindly requested to contact Air France at nr 070 / 22 24 66 or their travel agent.
Air France sincerely regrets this situation and will do its utmost to inform and reroute all its customers.
Check Air France web site, they have a fantastic sale going on. $149 one way to Europe!
16 February, 2009 Air France-KLM cancels deliveries of planes 6 airbus, Boeing 777-300 passenger planes and its first 777 freighter, by two to three years.
13 February, 09 AF to slash 2,000 jobs.
1/29/09 Not so black. Gridlock in cities. For today's long haul flights to NY, 3 canceled this morning. Seems like they are flying. All but 3 lines of Metro working. Buses and trains as normal. Suburban trains lines into and around Paris were badly hit. The national state-owned railway SNCF said traffic was normal on trains from Paris to other European capitals such as London and Zurich. It said the national high-speed TGV trains were running normally in eastern France, with traffic at 50 percent to 80 percent of normal levels in other parts of the country. 1/27/09 Under French law, 30% of french flights have to be guaranteed..Nothing on Air France web site. Yet.
1/16/09 Air France strike, employees 4,500 pilots, general transportation strike country wide, Black Thursday, expect arrival and departure delays on 29 January 2009, expect severe disruptions country wide on all forms of transportation, 8 Unions involved.1/15/09 Air France, strike 29 January, 2009 to coincide with industrial action planned throughout France. 8 unions have agreed to join the strike. Job security the issue. Expect delays to and from airports and long hauls. Trains and buses limited or none at all.11/30/08 Air France KLM has no immediate plans to reduce fuel surcharge,
17 Tues Back to normal today and they will retire at 65. Strike cost Air France 100 million euros ($126m). French trains are striking on Friday!
16 Sunday, Only thing to add, French trains have added more cars.
Pilot strike due to end on Monday at midnight.
Spain has had Air France has canceled 20 out of its 46 flights scheduled for Spain today, affecting routes between Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Paris and Lyon.
15 Nov 08 Air France second day pilots strike. 30-35% long hauls canceled.United States were hardest hit. Flights to Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New York, Los Angeles and Seattle were all canceled. Overnight the SNPL pilots union said it would be consulting members at midday Saturday over the government's latest offer and could call off the strike, which is planned to last until midnight Monday. AP
The pilots called their strike to protest new rules that would end the current requirement for them to retire at 60, forcing them to work until the age of 65. But the government has since offered to amend the reform so pilots would still be able to retire at 60 if they wished.
11/3/08 Air France, Expect serious disruptions. France, Paris Air France-KLM delayed strike from this Tuesday to December 5-9. 8 Unions, cabin crews and French Pilots Union,a four day strike for all French carriers. From Nov 14 , expect half of long haul flights to be canceled. Starts at midnight (2300 GMT Thursday) and end Monday at midnight (2300 GMT), It may go on longer, if flight attendants join in after Monday.See Air France web site
8 Unions, cabin crews and French Pilots Union,a four day strike for all French carriers. From Nov 14. Flight departures are non existent.
10/31/08 Air France strike, French Pilots To Strike Over Retirement Age Proposal Friday for a four-day strike across all French air carriers from Nov. 14 The SNPL union called for the walkout a day after eight unions at Air France-KLM (3112.FR) announced a five-day strike from Nov. 4-8 by pilots and attendants, which was backed Friday by another pilots' union at Air France, Alter.
10/5/08 AF looks to becoming the preferred European carrier for Indians, says the airline’s Senior Vice-President of International and The Netherlands Division, Jean-Louis Pinson. hindu.com 3 July 08 American airline Continental and five individuals are to stand trial in France on manslaughter charges over the crash of an Air France Concorde near Paris in 2000.abc.net.au
Nov 08 Air France has found themselves loosing 100 mln Euro's per day due to the 8 Unions now on strike. Will be followed by more flight disruptions Dec 5-9 as flight attendants have also been told their retirement age has gone from 60-65 years of age. One minute you see yourself sitting on the beach with a mixed drink at 60 years and one day. Only to be told, sorry! Cocktail has to wait till you turn 65. 11/17/08 The French Senate approved the measure by a vote of 200 to 139 in a late night session to raise the pilot retirement age to 65. When Air France, strike, these airports get effected Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport for Beirut, Belgrade, Bologna, Copenhagen and Zagreb as well as the French cities of Lyon, Nantes, Nice and Toulouse. Longhaul flights to US cities, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New York, Los Angeles and Seattle Visa versa.