Strikes in France Are Canceling Hundreds of Trains and Flights
Here's how to rebook your tickets if you're affected.
Strikes are continuing to cause cancelations and disruptions both on the ground and in the air in France this week.
The country's national airline, Air France, is currently dealing with delays and cancelations across its fleet, having already canceled 30 percent of its flights on Saturday. The strikes are expected to continue on Tuesday, April 10 and on April 11, 17, 19, 23, and 24.
As of Monday, Air France representatives estimated that some 27 percent of its medium-haul flights departing to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and 20 percent of its short-haul flights departing to and from Paris Orly Airport and from Marseilles, Toulouse, Nice, and Bordeaux will be affected on Tuesday, April 10.
For those who already have bookings through both Air France and its subsidiary Joon, the airline is offering free postponements between April 9 and April 30 for flights affected on April 10 and 11, and from April 15 through April 30 for flights affected on April 17, 18, 23, and 24.
Travelers can also get a one-year voucher if they need to postpone their trip for a date after April 30 or cancel it altogether. Meanwhile, any flights canceled or delayed by more than five hours are eligible for a full refund.
The strikes come as the airline’s pilots, cabin crew, and airport staff have been asking for a six-percent pay raise, rejecting the airline’s offer to raise pay rates by one percent.
While airline representatives added that it's too soon for them to know how flights after Tuesday will be affected, travelers will be able to get real-time updates on the status of their flight a day before their departure, both on the airline's site and through text and email notifications.
Meanwhile, the country is also dealing with rolling strikes over the planned overhaul of its state-owned railway company, the Société nationale des chemins de fer français (SNCF), causing cancelations across its rail transportation services.
Only one of every five scheduled high-speed TGV trains, which service over 230 destinations in France and Europe, and only a third of the country’s regional TER trains were running as of Monday, according to The Local.
Eurostar is also currently seeing cancelations across its fleet through Saturday April 14. Passengers can find live updates on the railway’s website.
The railway strikes, which started last week, are planned to continue through June 28. The SNCF app will also provide regular updates on how strikes are affecting travel conditions on a daily basis.
Those who had a trip booked with Eurostar will be able to exchange or claim a full refund on their ticket, free of charge.