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Travel Alert September 16 2022: Air Traffic Controllers Strike in France

Travel disruptions may be experienced across much of Europe.

Delays and cancellations will likely adversely affect much of Europe on Friday, September 16, 2022 due to air traffic controllers in France planning to go on strike, as the Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile has requested that airlines reduce their flight schedules by half at all airports in France.

Travel Alert September 16 2022: Air Traffic Controllers Strike in France

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

A call for strike has been launched by the French air traffic controllers on 16 September, 2022 The French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) has requested airlines to reduce their flight schedule from all French airports by 50% on that day. Air France plans to operate on that day around:

    • 90% of its long-haul flights,
    • 45% of its short and medium-haul flights.

Delays and last minute cancellations cannot be ruled out. The flight schedule is updated and customers affected by cancelled flights will be notified individually by SMS and e-mail. They will be offered rebooking options at no cost or a voucher or a full refund in case they no longer travel. Our teams at the airport and in our customer relations centers are fully mobilized. They will do everything possible to assist you and limit the impact of this strike on your trip.

The Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile — which translates in English as the French Civil Aviation Authority — is responsible for ensuring the safety and the security of air transportation in France; as well as maintaining a balance between the development of the air transportation sector and environmental protection.

As with other strikes — such as this one by pilots of Lufthansa on Friday, September 2, 2022 and this one by employees of Iberia Express from Sunday, August 28, 2022 through Tuesday, September 6, 2022 — employees seek to have their salaries adjusted to keep up with the increased costs of living amid high inflation, which caused severe disruptions to summer airline traffic in Europe.

Final Boarding Call

If your travel plans on Friday, September 16, 2022 have been — or will be — affected by the impending strike, you should have received alternate plans from the airline on which you plan on traveling as a passenger. If that has not happened, either contact someone at customer service at that airline — or get additional information from the official Internet web site or social media channels of the airline.

Hopefully, your travel plans will be affected as minimally as possible…

Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

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