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Air France Strikes & French Air Strikes
Last update: 18 February 2020
Depending on your country of origin, coming to France by plane will be your only choice. Among 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 Dutch 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.
French strikes – and French airstrikes in particular – are not uncommon and travelers flying to France with Air France or other France airlines might 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, when is the next French air traffic control strike, and our best tips.
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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 strikes.
- Air France Hop (formerly known as HOP!) Strikes. This is a regional airline operating flights on behalf of its parent company Air France.
- French Air Traffic Control Strikes
- French Airport Strikes
- France General Strikes
This article does not cover any information about KLM strikes, Transavia strikes, other French air strike dates or strikes by airlines operating on share-code with Air France.
France Air Strikes & Air France Strike Dates 2020
Following the national transportation strikes of December 2019 to protest against the pension reform, additional French strikes are announced for January 2020 and February 2020.
» National Air France Strike from 6 to 9 January 2020
Two flight crew unions of Air France call for a strike:
- Spaf (pilots): Monday 6 January and Tuesday 7 January 2020.
- SNGAF (hostesses and stewards): from Monday 6 January to Thursday 9 January 2020.
The demands are related to pension reform.
Air France is keeping all its flights from 6 January to 8 January 2020. There is no information for 9 January 2020 yet.
For 9 January 2020, Air France has confirmed all the long-haul flights but disruptions are possible on short, medium-haul flights.
Air France should directly inform the people whose flights will be affected by this mobilization. You can also consult the flight schedule one to two days in advance on Air France’s website.
» France General Strike on 9 January 2020
The demands are related to pension reform.
During the previous general French strike, air traffic controllers were mobilized. We do not yet know if this will be the case again for this new day of general strike, keep clicking back for the latest information.
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.
Impact: as in previous inter-professional movements, the air traffic controllers union USAC-CGT calls for mobilization. Check with your airline if your flight is impacted.
Travelers flying from /to France with Air France, other air companies 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.
» France General Strike on 29 January 2020.
Following the protest movement started on December 5 against pension reform, the inter-union made up of the organizations CGT, FO, FSU, Solidaires, FIDL, MNL, UNL and UNEF calls for a new day of demonstrations and a general and national (inter-professional) strike on Wednesday January 29, 2020.
The union of air traffic controllers USAC-CGT calls for a strike on Wednesday 29 January as well as the night before and after this day.
Impact: Travelers flying from /to France with Air France, other air companies 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.
» National Strike in France by Air Pilots, Doctors, and Lawyers on 3 February 2020.
This strike concerns all the French territory. The demands are related to pension reform.
Impact: expect flight disruptions in flights operated by France airlines. If Air France pilots follow this strike, the Air France schedule will be also affected.
» France General Strike on 20 February 2020.
Following the protest movement started on December 5 against pension reform, the inter-union made up of the organizations CGT, FO, FSU, Solidaires, FIDL, MNL, UNL, and UNEF calls for a new day of demonstrations and a general and national (inter-professional) strike on Thursday 20 February 2020.
This national call for strike action in France is relayed by Air Traffic controllers.
Impact: Impacts on short and medium-haul flights schedule are expected. Travelers flying from /to France with Air France, other air companies 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.
» Air France Strike from 21 to 22 February 2020.
Five unions in the short-haul network of Air France call on agents to be “off duty” from a few hours to a day on Friday 21 February and Saturday 22 February 2020.
The movement concerns the increased use of subcontracting.
Impact: Air France is not showing this call for strike on their website (fortunately we have other sources :-B ). From what we understood, this mobilization targets stopovers in the regions and short-haul flights at the Orly airport.
What to Do if there’s an Air France Strike?
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 strike Air France.
On the other hand, if one of these other companies (HOP!, KLM, Delta…) 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 companies or from other nationalities, to avoid eventual delays or cancellations.
» 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.
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 Air France strike info and 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. If your flight to /from France is delayed more than three hours, 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.
What to Do if there’s a French Air Traffic Control Strike?
France is the country with the highest number of air traffic control 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 on French air traffic control strike dates?
» Follow the 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 when there are French strikes planned? Consider other transportation options like trains, buses or shared cars.
What to Do if there’s a French Airport Strike?
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.