Travel Alert December 19 2019: Industrial Action in France Causes More Flights to Be Canceled

Here we go yet again.

A call for labor strikes has been issued by members of trade unions in France for today, Thursday, December 19, 2019, during which public servants and private sector employees will once again protest their anger pertaining to pension reforms by the government — including air traffic controllers — and the industrial labor action has already affected air travel for the day, as flights to, from and within France have already been delayed or canceled.

Travel Alert December 19 2019: Industrial Action in France Causes More Flights to Be Canceled

Air France Boeing 777-328ER airplane

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

This notice is currently displayed at the official Internet web site of Air France at the time this article was written:

Due to a national call for strike action in France continued by French Air Traffic controllers this Thursday 19 December 2019, we expect some disruptions on our flights schedule to and from Paris Orly airport for 19 December.

Our flights schedule is up to date.
Last-minute delays and cancelations cannot be excluded.

Our teams are fully mobilized and will do their utmost to assist you and minimize the impact of this industrial action on your travel plans.

If you wish to change your flight to an earlier or later date, you may do so free of charge.

Along with substantial disruptions of train services and bus services, motorists should expect a traffic nightmare in the form of gridlock on streets, boulevards and highways.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to France over the next couple of days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this industrial action which may adversely affect your travel plans.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary.

Here are four airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of the pending industrial action in France:


France once again joins other countries — such as Colombia, Italy, Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Germany, Honduras, Ecuador and Bolivia as nine of numerous examples — in experiencing civil unrest and industrial actions in recent months.

Other airlines which serve France may also issue travel alerts — and travel waivers — for Thursday, December 19, 2019 as a result of the strikes, which have been ongoing…

…but remember that in accordance with European Regulation (EC) No. 261/2004, passengers who are affected by the strikes will not be entitled to claim for compensation as a result of the industrial action.

Although your flight may not be affected, if you have travel plans to, from or within France on those days, you may want to consider changing them.

All photographs ©2008 and ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

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