Travel Alert February 20 2020: Industrial Action in France May Disrupt Flights

Here we go yet again.

A call for labor strikes has been issued by members of trade unions in France starting tomorrow, Thursday, February 20, 2020, 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 may affect air travel for the day.

Travel Alert February 20 2020: Industrial Action in France May Disrupt Flights

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:

In the context of a national call for strike action in France on 20 February, which is relayed by Air Traffic controllers, we expect some disruptions on our short and medium haul flights schedule. We plan to cover our entire long-haul flight schedule.

Our flights schedule is up to date.

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 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 five 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, February 20, 2020 as a result of the strike.

The legislation of European Union regulation EC 261/2004 requires airlines operating in Europe to ensure that passengers are rebooked on flights to reach their final destinations at the earliest opportunity possible — even if those flights are operated by other airlines. That is another option which is available to you if you are affected by the aforementioned strikes. If you do decide to file a claim and the airline refuses it, you can complete and submit this complaint form

…and as outlined in Article 9 of that regulation, you may also be eligible for what is known as Duty of Care during an extensive delay of your flight — which may include the reimbursement of such items as meals and lodging after you first pay for them.

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.

3 thoughts on “Travel Alert February 20 2020: Industrial Action in France May Disrupt Flights”

  1. Barry Graham says:

    Had my vote not been taken away from me after 15 years of absence, I would have voted against Brexit but when I see stories like this I am pleased with Brexit.

  2. Barry Graham says:

    Sorry Brian, please delete these two comments, wrong post….

    1. Barry Graham says:

      Sorry wrong again – it’s the right post – please leave the first comment and delete this one and the previous one if you can.

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