Increase cancellations in the second day of strike of controllers in france
Drivers in France strike has caused a greater number of cancellations on its second day on Thursday. Air traffic restrictions laid down by the authority of Civil Aviation of France principally affect the operations of eight French airports: the Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, nice and Nantes. On this second day, it asked airlines to reduce by half its operations. In Spain, Iberia and Vueling group have also increased the number of cancelled flights. Yesterday, on the first day, El Prat was the airport worst affected in number of cancellations and delays strong.
The strike has been called by SNCTA, the largest trade union of air traffic controllers in the country, which have joined trade unions CGT, FO, FSU and Solidaires, proposed also the realization of a big national demonstration on Thursday.
-Disruptive action is raised in protesting workloads that are considered excessive, exceeding other European drivers taking France one of the busiest airspaces in the European Union, increasing the age of retirement and to the blocking of the talks with the authorities of the sector. Expected other seven-day strike during the last two weeks of the month.
According to the Union, France is the only country in Western Europe in which air traffic controllers work until age 59 and without prior assessment, after the last reform.
Airlines have again updated its flight plan for this Thursday.
Vueling: 40 flights
Vueling canceled 40 flights for this Thursday, April 9, on the occasion of the second day of the strike of air traffic controllers in France. With 28 flights on the first day, altogether cancelled 68 flights.
Airline reiterates its recommendation to the passengers to check the status of their flights before heading to the airport.
The airline has arranged a link on its website in which passengers can consult information about cancellations and the status of flights. In addition, it has relaxed its policy of reservations allowing you to make changes in free flight or date or claim a refund on the affected route, which may be carried out within seven days from the date of the affected flight.
The Iberia Group has cancelled 22 flights for Thursday between France and Spain on the occasion of the second day of French air traffic controllers strike, according to sources from Iberia.
In particular, Iberia cancelled three flights starting in Madrid and destination in Paris and three in the opposite direction.
The airline will operate with an A340-600, a model long RADIUS accommodate 346 passengers, two flights between Madrid and Paris late in the afternoon to “try to attach to the greatest number of passengers”, according to the same sources.
Moreover, Air Nostrum, the franchisee of Iberia for regional flights, reported on its website that it canceled 16 flights on Thursday; a connection of back and forth with Bordeaux, another with Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, nice and three in both directions with Toulouse.
Air Europe: half of its program
Air Europa will operate 50% of flights between Spain and France during this second day of French ATC strike. In particular, the airline of the Globalia group has cancelled six flights, three from Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport from Paris-Orly airport, two from Valencia airport to Paris-chalets de Gaulle and one from the airport of Malaga Costa del Sol to Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.
From the airport of Barcelona – El Prat, the airline offers tickets on its partner Air France codesharing.
The same sources explained those affected by cancellations can do reservation changes or ask the refund.
Air France: more cancellations and widespread delays
On Thursday, Air France expects to operate all its flights of long RADIUS with origin and destination in Paris. Warns that, for the passengers with connections to or from a flight of long RADIUS whose flight of medium radio has been cancelled, it is doing everything possible to offer solutions with alternate routes.
However, in terms of flights of medium radio, the French company has reduced to 50% the number of flights expected to operate in the Middle radio with origin and destination at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. Its subsidiary HOP! Air France plans to cover only 25% of their flight with origin and destination at Paris-Orly, and approximately 40% of its flights with origin and destination at the French provincial airports hit by strike – Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, nice, and Nantes-.
Air France has also warned that there may be delays on all flights. In the network of short and medium haul there can be even more late cancellations; by what is recommending to postpone the trip after April 10, free of charge. It also presents the option to receive a coupon valid for one year with Air France, Hop! or KLM.
In all cases, recommended to check the flight schedule information, updated in real time, before going to the airport; the Web airfrance.fr and hop.com.