France is still facing aviation industry strikes. After air traffic controllers and rail workers national strike ended, several Air France staff unions began a new strike on 23rd of March. Just 7 days after, they have also announced another strike on Friday 30th of March.
Due to the strike on 23rd of March, the airline has cancelled 25 percent of flights: 20 percent of short-haul flights and 30 percent of long- and medium-haul flights. Similar numbers are expected after this Friday strike end.
According to the Air France web page information, due to the fact, that Air France staff unions announced strike, flight schedules will be affected by flight delays and cancellations on 30th of March. Nevertheless, flight delays and cancellations are expected.
These strikes were initiated by the unions representing Air France in accordance with an ongoing dispute over proposed salary increases. Staff is demanding to raise their wage by 6 percent to cover losses related to inflation rate since 2011.
As it is mentioned in the report of 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 aircrafts) should not have any issues caused by this strike. Despite of that, passengers might face denied boarding due to the reduced number of crew members.
Air France also announced about flight schedule changes. After the estimation of the number of employees on strike and the impact on operations, flight schedule will be changed the day before departure.
“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 amount 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 in to 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. The flight compensation company has compiled a petition that can be reached and signed below.