The highest level of strikes occurred in March compared to the earlier months of 2018 in France. After french air traffic control strike ends, several Air France staff unions will begin a new strike on 23rd of March.
According to the Air France web page information, it’s too early to predict how much their flight’s schedules will be affected due to these strikes. However, delayed and cancelled flights are expected.
As it is mentioned in the report of the Air France, passengers, whose Air France flights operated by an aircraft other than Air France or Joon (e.g. flights will be carried out with Delta or KLM aircraft) should not have any issues caused by this strike. Nevertheless, passengers might face denied boarding due to the reduced crew.
Travellers should check their flight status on the 30th of March as well. Unions representing Air France pilots, flight attendants, and ground crew staff are also planning to hold a strike on Friday, March 30. If a strike takes place as expected, delays or cancellations might also occur.
“According to our data, due to the airline clashes with their employees result in walkouts or endless debates, over 1.5 million extra EU travellers per year suffer directly from what is still considered an “extraordinary circumstance,” told Marius Stonkus, the CEO of Skycop. “What’s even more shocking is compiling the number of compensations they should’ve received if the law would have been on their side. We estimate that over the past six years, strikes across the EU lead to increases in both flight cancellations and flight delays and resulted in 24 million minutes of extra delays, or, if we talk money, €6 billion in unpaid flight compensations. We think it’s time we took matters into our own hands and try and make the law traveller-friendly, rather than pro-airline. Right now the petition is available on a worldwide community petition platform Avaaz and can be signed by any traveller.“
When a significant amount of signatures will be collected by Skycop – the petition will reach EU lawmakers that will have to reconsider EC 261/2004 Regulation. If you have ever experienced cancelled or delayed flight due to airline staff strikes, you might want to join in on it.