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Air France Strikes [2019-2020] : Dates, Info, and Best Tips


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France General Strikes & Transportation Strikes in France

Last update: December 5, 2019 at 5.10 pm

Depending on your country of origin, coming to France by plane will be your only choice. Amongst the numerous airlines flying into France, there is Air France, the French national airline.

There are many reasons to choose Air France for your next trip to France. Air France operates several flights every week, even every day, to Paris and beyond in France, giving you the freedom to choose the best time to fly to France. Also, Air France’s international flights are comfortable, especially if you book the upper classes. Finally, we love Air France’s food which usually comes with French wines and cheese.

Air France shares with KLM the Flying Blue loyalty program, with many flights in share-code. Also, Air France is a member of Skyteam, together with important international airlines such as Korean Air, Alitalia, Aero Mexico, KLM or Delta.

Unfortunately, France general strikes and transportation strikes in France are not uncommon and travelers flying to France with Air France or other France airlines could be hit by a strike.

Throughout this article about Air France strikes, we are going to tell you about any disruptions that might affect Air France flights: France airport strikes, Air France strike dates, Air France tracking, Air France news, and our best tips.

Air France Strikes

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Air France flights are directly affected by Air France strikes. Additionally, there are other French strikes which could also cause disruptions on Air France flights:

  • Air France Strikes: Air France pilot strikes, Air France cabin crew strikes or Air France ground staff
  • Air France Hop (formerly known as HOP!) Strikes. This is a regional airline operating flights on behalf of its parent company Air France.
  • French Traffic Control Strikes
  • French Airport Strikes
  • France General Strikes

This article does not cover any information about KLM strikes, Transavia strikes, other France airline strikes or strikes by airlines operating on share-code with Air France.


French Air Strikes and Air France Strike Dates 2019 – 2020

» Renewable strike action by Air France ground crew from December 5, 2019. 

The first union of the ground staff of the French national company, Force Ouvrière (F.O.) announced its intention to join the national transportation strike to protest the pension reform. Since then, other unions representing Air France’s ground staff have joined this initiative.

The list of Air-France operations affected by this ground crew strike is published on Air France’s website. Right now, it is possible to change your Air France flight free of charge on the app/site.

Air France has announced that long-haul flights will be working, while 15% of medium-haul flights and 30% of domestic flights are canceled.

UPDATE December 5: Air France today announced the cancellation of 30% of its domestic flights and nearly 10% of its medium-haul flights for tomorrow (December 6) to meet the request of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation ( DGAC) in the face of the strike against the pension reform.


» Air Controllers Protests from December 5 to December 7, 2019. New! 

The USAC-CGT (second union of the profession) calls for a protest from December 5 to December 7, 2019. This protest concerns all the French territory and may impact Air France’s flights and other air companies’ flights. Check with the airport or with your airline if your flight is impacted.

*Please, notice that the word used is “protest” not “strike”.

Please note that Air Controllers’ strikes in France also affect flights crossing the French airspace even if they are not flying from /to France. Flights crossing the French airspace might be delayed or re-routed due to the reduced number of planes that could be handled by the limited French air traffic controllers.

Due to this national strike, 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.

Travelers flying from /to France or on a flight that needs to cross the French airspace, please check the airline company’s website to see if your flight is affected.

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


» National Transportation Strike on December 16, 2019. New! 

The Federal Union FGTE / CFDT Transports has filed a national strike notice for Monday, December 16. The demands are multiple and concern, among other things, salaries and working conditions.

This strike concerns the entire transport sector (transport of goods, passengers, etc.). For the time being, there is no further information so it is not possible to understand the impact of this strike.


» National Strike in France by air pilots, doctors, and lawyers on February 3, 2020.

This strike concerns all the French territory. Expect flight disruptions in flights operated by France airlines. If Air France pilots follow this strike, the Air France schedule will be also affected.

What to Do if there’s an Air France Strike?

French Airport Strikes

GOOD TO KNOW: Many Air France flights operate on share code with other air companies (HOP!, KLM, Delta…). Air France flights operated by an aircraft and a crew other than that of Air France might not be affected by this Air France strike.

On the other hand, if one of these other companies (HOP!, KLMDelta…) is operating on share code with Air France and they are using Air France crew or an Air France aircraft, these flights could be impacted. We recommend checking their websites and, if your flight is affected, see what re-booking options they offer.

If there’s an Air France Strike, the first thing that you should check is who operates your flight. You will find all this information (flight operated by XX) on your e-ticket.


You have not booked your flight to Paris with Air France yet

» Be Flexible with your travel dates. If you were thinking about flying to Paris with Air France but you did not book your flights yet, avoid traveling to Paris during Air France strike dates.

» Consider other air companies, French or from other nationalities, to avoid eventual delays or cancellations.

Click here to browse other air companies flying to France


» Consider other means of transportation (if possible). Are you traveling to France from a neighbor country? Consider other transportation options like trains, buses or shared cars.

The train, for example, is the best way to getting around France and there are many good international train connections with countries like Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands or Spain.

Click here to read our France by Train quick guide


You have booked your flight to Paris with Air France

When there’s an issue that could affect Air France’s flights, usually there is a warning on the top of the Air France website (Flash news). Click on this Air France news to read the details.

» Check your Air France flight status. Take your e-ticket and look for your flight number (eg. AF1234). To see if your Air France flight is affected by the Air France strike or not, introduce your flight number and travel date on this page and click on “Search”. The system will tell you immediately if your flight is delayed or canceled.

» Different options. During Air France strikes or France air strikes followed by Air France, you can anticipate, postpone and cancel your trip easily online. With Air France, you can even change your origin or destination and if you decide to do this, you will get a voucher valid for 1 year that can be used on AIR FRANCE, KLM or HOP! flights. Check all the possible options during Air France strikes here.


Air France Flight Cancellation Compensation

GOOD TO KNOW: Flight delays happen, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept them. You may be entitled to as much as $700 in compensation if your flight has been delayed, canceled or overbooked within the last three years.

Tip: Click here to check your rights and if you are eligible for compensation  |  Compensation pour retard ou annulation du vol


What to Do if there’s a French Air Traffic Control Strike?

Air Strikes in France

France is the country with the highest number of air traffic controller strikes in the last five years, with 95 days of strike between 2010 and 2015.

These are the worst transportation strikes in France, with hundreds of flights from /to France delayed or canceled. If there’s a French air Traffic Control strike, Air France’s flights from /to France will be affected.

What to do during French Traffic Control Strikes?

» Follow this French strike updates. We recommend following these strike news, check your Air France flight status on the Air France website and consider their proposed options to change /refund your tickets.

» Consider other means of transportation (if possible). Are you traveling to France from a neighbor country? Consider other transportation options like trains, buses or shared cars.

What to Do if there’s a French Airport Strike?

Air Strikes France

In case of a French Airport strike, the Air France schedule could be affected depending on the service on strike – airport workers, customs agents or luggage handlers. As a general rule, you should expect disruptions or longer delays on everything.

If there is a strike at the French airport of your departure, we recommend arriving at the airport well in advance. Do the check-in online at home or in the hotel and, if possible, travel only by hand luggage.

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