Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Global Impact: 60% of Air France Flights Will Honor Pilots' Strike

According to The Latin American Tribune, Air France will have to cancel more than half of its flights scheduled for Wednesday (September 17) due to the ongoing strike by pilots, the airline’s management said Tuesday (September 16).

The French carrier asked customers to check on the status of their flights before departing for the airport.

Air France also advised customers who purchased a ticket to fly between September 15-22 that they would be able to reschedule their trips at no additional cost, provided that space is available on the new date.

It is estimated that 60% of Air France’s pilots will heed the strike call, the company’s management said in a statement.

Union officials, for their part, claimed the figure would rise to 75%.

COMMENT: On Monday (September 15), the strike’s first day, the company had to cancel 52% of its flights.

Air France warned that if the walkout continues, this year’s profits might be affected, as each day of the strike generates losses of between 10 million and 15 million euros ($12.9 million and $19.4 million).

The pilots’ union at Air France, SNPL, has called for the strike to last until Sept. 22 in response to plans by Air France’s parent company, Air France-KLM, to expand its low-cost offerings, mainly through its Transavia budget airline.

Pilots claim this move will result in smaller salaries, longer hours and renegotiated contracts.

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