The troubled period is expected in France transport industry during these days. Travellers, going to, from, through and over France can encounter with disrupted flights. All of these disruptions are expected due to the air traffic controllers and rail workers disapproval of labour reform plans.
On Thursday 21st of March, at 7 pm french time, air traffic controllers will begin a strike which will continue until 23rd of March, 6 am.
It is expected that main disruption because of delayed or cancelled flights will happen on Thursday – the busiest day in French airspace. According to the Eurocontrol, about 30 per cent reduction is expected in arrivals and departures at Charles de Gaulle and Orly, also Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes, Marseille and Toulouse airports.
Some of Portugal and Spain flights could be redirected over the Atlantic Ocean, using so-called ”T-routes”. That kind of routes (sometimes also called Tango routes) are being used to help pilots navigate around or through busy terminal areas. In this case – to avoid the strike.
Air France employees are planning to start their strike on 23rd of March just before the national strike ends. The airline executives reported, that passengers will be informed the day before if their flights will be affected.
The strike of the Air France staff is planned on 23rd and 30th of March.
“A number of strikes are increasing every year. Unfortunately, but there is a possibility that passengers can have problems with delayed or cancelled flights. But even during this kind of flight disruptions passengers have their rights, airlines need to take care of their customers according to the EC 261/2004 Regulation,” comments Lukas Raščiauskas, the CEO of flight compensation company Skycop.