Travel Alert May 2018: National Strike of Air Traffic Controllers in France

Here we go again.

A national call for labor strikes has been issued by several unions of air traffic controllers in France for Tuesday, May 22, 2018; and although Air France is now offering options to rebook your flights at no extra cost no matter which fare you purchased, the possible impacts of this industrial action is still too soon to evaluate.

Travel Alert May 2018: National Strike of Air Traffic Controllers in France

According to this notice which was posted at the official Internet web site of Air France, “Following a call for strike action by several unions of French air traffic controllers within the frame of a national action on 22 May 2018, the DGAC (French Civil Aviation Authority) has requested airlines to reduce their flight program to and from Paris-Orly, Lyon and Marseilles airports.”

The impacted travel date is Tuesday, May 22, 2018 — Delta Air Lines also includes Monday, May 21, 2018 in its travel waiver — and Friday, May 25, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.


This has been a tough month for passengers of the SkyTeam alliance, as in addition to the Air France labor strikes, another power outage affected Amsterdam Airport Schiphol recently, which is a major hub airport of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and resulted in the delays and cancellations of flights.

As this industrial action involves air traffic controllers nationally in France and not simply a single airline, a domino effect of delays could potentially occur — so if you are traveling to, from or within Europe, your flight could be affected even though you are not traveling to, from or within France.

Hopefully, your travels will not be adversely affected by the industrial action pertaining to Air France; and if they are, I hope that they will have been completely resolved as soon as possible.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

3 thoughts on “Travel Alert May 2018: National Strike of Air Traffic Controllers in France”

  1. WR says:

    Socialists know only two ways to get what they want: extortion and violence.

    1. sara says:

      What an uninformed comment!! This is a NATIONAL strike of civil servants aka government workers in order to maintain the rights of workers (as in the ability to negotiate contracts; maternal and paternal leave; health care; pensions; etc. as well as the right to strike). Violence is and has been minimal–mostly by the same type of hooded black garmented trouble makers who probably do not hold any jobs. Today teachers, students, interns, nurses, air traffic controllers, bus drivers, etc walked hand in hand to protect our rights which were hard fought for and won during the 20th century. Your ignorance and selfishness is more concerned about your inconvenience of your travel plans or your personal political agenda. Vive la France!

      1. Jen says:

        The national strike should only have affected French flights within France but it affected many countries’ flights. A sick man was trying to get home and he was stuck four hours on the tarmac in Italy because we could not fly over France.

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