Air France flights face strike disruption
French pilots’ unions will begin a four-day strike on Friday, cancelling half of Air France flights.
13 November 2008
PARIS - Half of Air France's long-haul flights from Paris on Friday will likely be cancelled as part of severe four-day disruptions caused by a strike called by French pilots' unions, the airline said.
The strike, which will start at midnight and end Monday at midnight, affects all French air carriers and was called in protest of proposals requiring flight crew to work until 65 years of age.
Legislation voted in by France's National Assembly on 1 November would end the current requirement for pilots to retire at 60, and flight attendants to end their careers at 55.
Air France "expects very serious disruptions of its activity... and apologizes to all passengers for this unacceptable situation," a spokeswoman said.
The company said it expected half of its long-haul flights from Paris to be cancelled as well as half of its medium-haul flights from all airports.
More long-haul flights could be cancelled in the following days, the spokeswoman added.
Air France conducts an average of 760 flights to European destinations and 73 long-distance flights from Paris a day.
Partner airlines Brit Air, Regional, CCM and Airliner should be less affected, she said, adding that the status of their flights would be announced late Thursday.
[AFP / Expatica]