Air France business travellers unlikely to be impacted by strikes

The six-day long strike planned by French air traffic controllers is unlikely to affect business travellers travelling with Air France, as the airline is striving to keep most of its key flights operating.    

All long-haul flights and more than 90 per cent of short and medium-haul flights will continue to operate as normal over the strike period, which begins on June 24, Air France said in a statement. This means that key business routes should operate as normal, reports buyingbusinesstravel.com.

The French Civil Aviation Authority says that airlines should decrease their number of flights by 20 per cent to and from Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux. In response, EasyJet expects to cancel around half its flights to and from France. However, further EasyJet flights could still be affected by the strikes, as 70 per cent of them pass through French airspace, reports travelweekly.co.uk.  

Air France is offering passengers with tickets for flights that could be affected by the strikes a chance to reschedule. For no extra cost, passengers can choose to travel between June 30 and July 4 inclusive, as long as space is available.

The strike is in response to planned cuts which will take place between 2015 and 2019. This is because the European Commission is planning to reorganise airspace from national borders into blocks based on traffic flows.