It seems, that one day of a national strike in France was not enough for workers in Marseille. Air traffic controllers (ATC) based in Marseille have announced about another 48 hours strike. Corsica airports are also involved in this strike action.
ATC is planning to hold a strike from 26th to 28th of May. Air travellers, who are flying to or from Marseille and Corsica should check their flight schedules on the mentioned dates because delayed and cancelled flights can be expected.
Unfortunately, air passengers will not be compensated for these flight disruptions. According to EC 261/2004 Regulation strikes are considered as “extraordinary circumstances”.
“A number of strikes are increasing every year. Unfortunately, passengers usually have their flights delayed or even cancelled because of these actions. But even during this kind of flight disruptions passengers have their rights. Carriers need to take care of their customers according to the EC 261/2004 regulation and provide them with free meals and drinks, access to two free calls, let use e-mail or send a free fax. When passengers have to wait for a flight for one or more nights – they must be granted free accommodation in a hotel, including transport to/from the airport,” comments Marius Stonkus, the CEO of flight compensation company Skycop.