Travel disruption due to French Strikes, dozens of flights cancelled

 Friday, February 21, 2020 


Passengers commuting to, from and within France will face another day of disruption due to a nationwide strike.


Workers were protesting against President Macron’s proposed pension reforms for the past 11 weeks and the transport sector is badly affected.


On Wednesday evening the air-traffic controllers belonging to the USAC-CGT union walked out and will resume work at 6.30 am on Friday.
The main domestic links and dozens of flights have been cancelled.


DSNA, the French civil aviation authority warned that the disruption was the worst in the areas controlled from Marseille and Brest with average delays of at least an hour.
Many flights from the UK to Spain has been affected due to the disruption at Brest, mainly the Canary Islands.

At least by an hour Ryanair’s links from Birmingham to Tenerife and Stansted to Las Palmas are delayed.


A round-trip from Heathrow to Barcelona has been cancelled while its partner Iberia has grounded a flight from Madrid to Heathrow and back.
Flights to and from Biarritz airport are grounded which includes two on easyJet.



The passengers were informed by the airline that like all airlines their flights to and from French airports could be affected along with the flights which overfly the French airspace.
Delays and disruption to a number of flights across the network can be expected . Those flying to or from a French airport be aware that the public transport services in France may also be affected by the strike.


All customers should be allowed plenty of extra time to get to and from the airport and consider the alternative transport options.In the Paris region disruption on some local services was noted, however, most rail services are close to normal.


Between the capital’s Charles de Gaulle airport and the city centre a special timetable is in operation.

Air France has warned its profit will be cut by the reduction in demand in response to the spread of coronavirus Covid-19.


The airline said that the ongoing geopolitical situation in Hong Kong has hit its performance last year.The impact of flight cancellations to China will cost at least €50m (£42m) per month between February and April as per the French airline.

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