Air France Strikes [2021]: Dates, Info, and Best Tips


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Air France Strikes & French Air Strikes

Last update: 4 February 2021

Depending on your country of origin, coming to France by plane will be your only choice. Among the numerous airlines flying into the French airports, 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.

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 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.

» Call for a strike by French air traffic controllers from 5 to 8 March 2020

The USAC-CGT union calls on the staff of the DGCA (General Directorate of Civil Aviation), which includes air traffic controllers, to go on national strike from Thursday 5 March to Sunday 8 March 2020, as well as the nights before and after.

The demands are related to pension reform and the French Government’s decision to use article 49.3 to approve this project.


Eventually, the DGCA can request air companies to cancel part of their flights. Check with your airline if your flight is impacted.

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.


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 strike Air France.

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 companies 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 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.

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 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?

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.

Click here to read more France Travel Tips

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