Air travel in Europe is encountering turbulence this month. Just a week after Lufthansa pilots staged a walk-out at Munich airport in Germany, at least half of all Air France flights worldwide were wiped off the board yesterday due to strikes held by the airline’s pilot union.
The strike – which is expected to run throughout the entire week – has been sparked by Air France pilots unions, who are upset with the French carrier for shifting both jobs and operations to low-cost carriers.
A news release issued by Air France states that disruptions are expected to last until Monday, September 22 and that the airline has adopted an updated flight schedule in effect, which is being updated on a daily basis.
Air France notes in a statement that the cancellations listed (available by checking the status of your flight number on the airline’s website) are naturally subject to change at any time.
If you’re booked on an Air France flight in the coming days, for flights departing up to and including Monday, September 22, 2014, Air France is offering the following options to their passengers:
If you are travelling on a flight operated by Air France, we propose you to modify your departure to avoid the period from September 15th to 22nd 2014, with the following conditions:
- You may postpone your trip between September 23rd and 30th, 2014 included, at no extra cost in the same cabin, on this website, in the “Review / modify your reservations” section, on our mobile sites or from your travel agent.
- To postpone your trip beyond September 30th, 2014, to change your origin or destination or if you no longer wish to travel, you can benefit of non-refundable voucher valid one year on Air France or KLM. In this case, please contact your usual travel agent.
- If your flight is cancelled or delayed by more than 5 hours, you can also request the refund of your ticket. For this option, we invite you to visit our “Practical information” page below, or contact your usual travel agency.
Codeshare flights operated by Air France partners KLM, Delta, and Hop! are not affected at this time.
We’ll keep you updated here on River Cruise Advisor as more information becomes available.