Travel chaos to persist for months due to French strikes

Published on : Tuesday, March 20, 2018



StrikeThe labour reform plan has made Air traffic controllers and rail workers angry as travelling to-from through and over France will face disruption for the next few days.



Thursday onward French air traffic controllers will begin a strike that will continue till 5am on Friday 23 March.

Eurocontrol tweeted that a French National Strike has been declared for the next Thursday 22nd, however, the impact on aviation is still not clear.

During the busiest days of the week the action would be severely disrupting flights on Friday.

A maximum number of flights had been set by the French government to take off, land or overfly during air traffic strikes.


Hundreds of flights from the UK to other countries had been cancelled particularly Spain , Portugal, Switzerland  and Italy were cancelled or severely delayed.



To ensure air service continuity in the event of industrial action,  last month controller’s unions reacted angrily to a European Commission call for EU member states.


European Transport Workers’ Federation stated that the Air traffic management staff causes less than one per cent of flight delay in Europe and the airlines are responsible for over 50 per cent.



Many unions representing the airline’s staff have called for a stoppage on Friday and before the air-strike ends , Air France workers will begin a strike.



Air France mentioned that it was too early to determine the effects the strike will have on the flights and the passengers will be informed a day before the flight gets cancelled.



The number of passengers might reduce if there are insufficient cabin crew, while passenger booked to travel on Friday or Saturday were offered the chance to switch to another day without paying a penalty.



SNFC, staffs working for the national train operator had plans of going on a strike between 8pm time on Wednesday and 7 am on Friday.



The services of Eurostar from London St Pancras to Calais, Lille and Paris  will not face much disruption, however passenger might face disruption after reaching the French capital.

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