Several Strikes in Europe Planned for June 11-14, 2013

Long-haul flights — such as between Paris and the United States on this Boeing 747-400 aircraft operated by Air France — are not expected to be affected by the strike. Still, it might be a good idea to call the airline and check on the status of your flight — just to be sure. Photograph by FlyerTalk member Flight3383. Click on the photograph for additional photographs of airplanes by Flight3383 and other FlyerTalk members who enjoy the art of “planespotting.”

If you plan on traveling to, from or within Europe — especially France — by airplane, your travel could be impacted by a strike by air traffic controllers which is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, Wednesday, June 12, and Thursday, June 13, 2013.

This labor dispute is supposedly supported by several different unions in protest against the plans of the European Commission — the executive body of the European Union — to liberalize the services of air traffic control under the “Single European Sky” banner by which the design, management and regulation of airspace will be coordinated throughout the European Union.

The strike could possibly spread to Belgium, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.

Additionally, a labor dispute by public transportation workers affecting local buses and trams and a strike by employees of Alitalia are both expected to occur on Friday, July 14, 2013.

The following is an official statement issued by Air France:

Several different unions representing French Air Traffic control under the French Civil Aviation Authority have called for industrial dispute from June 11 up to June 13, 2013.

Our flight schedule will be disrupted. We plan to transport all of our passengers booked on long-haul flights to/from Paris.

We are going to update flight schedule on medium-haul from Monday 10th of June according to the last instructions given by French Civil Aviation.

Be sure we are doing our utmost to limit the inconvenience this strike action may cause. However, delays and last minute cancellations are not excluded. We recommend that you check the schedule information of your flight, available in real time on this website under “Flight schedules” section, before going to the airport.

Moreover, we invite you to validate or update your contact details through the “View / modify your reservations” section in order to keep you posted about any disruption of your flight.

If you have an Air France ticket to/from one French airport and you plan to travel between 11th of June and 13th of June on a short or medium-haul flight, we recommend you postpone or anticipate your trip as far as is possible.

In order to do that, we offer you following commercial facilities available from now and up to and including June 16, 2013:

  • If you wish to change your flight up to and including Sunday June 16, 2013, you may change your reservation in the same cabin at no extra cost.
  • If you wish to change your flight between Monday June 17, 2013 and Sunday June 30, 2013 inclusive, the modification of your booking is possible free of charge at the same fare, according to availability, or by paying the difference with higher fare.

 

You may change your reservation under “View/modify your reservations” section or on our mobile website in the “Manage my reservations” section.

  • For any reservations postponed from the 30 June 2013 onwards, to change destination, departure airport or cancel your reservation, you may obtain a non refundable voucher for an AIR FRANCE or KLM flight with one year validity. We invite you to contact your usual point of sales.
  • If your flight is cancelled or delayed by more than 5 hours and the rebooking solutions are not convenient to you or if you prefer to cancel your trip, you may request a refund with the exclusion of service fees. If you bought your ticket at Air France offices or through AF web sites, please fill in the refund form available through “View/Modify your reservations” section.

 

Air France thanks you for your understanding.

A “domino effect” could occur throughout commercial aviation in Europe — so even though France and Italy may not be in your itinerary and you plan on traveling by airplane in Europe this week, please be sure to check with the carrier operating your flight before you depart.

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  • JGfromOC at 10:40am June 10, 2013

    So what happens if you’re lucky enough to be flying from LAX to FCO on Friday via AZ and they can’t tell you anything? Am I just going to have to roll the dice?

    • Brian Cohen at 10:52am June 10, 2013

      I have been searching the official Internet web site of Alitalia, looking for an informative announcement similar to the one issued by Air France, JGfromOC — but I have not found anything yet. However — from what I understand — the flight attendants of Alitalia are reportedly going on strike on June 14 for 24 hours. I am unsure at this time how this will affect the travel plans of you and other FlyerTalk members. Additional information from other FlyerTalk members about all of the strikes this week is certainly welcome.

  • JGfromOC at 11:08am June 10, 2013

    AZ told me via their Facebook page that at this time they’re anticipating the June 14 LAX-FCO flight to operate normally. Whether or not that happens, who knows. I’ll keep you posted on what I hear.

    • Brian Cohen at 11:40am June 10, 2013

      Thank you, JGfromOC — I appreciate it.

      I certainly hope that your itinerary is not affected by the strike scheduled this Friday.

  • JGfromOC at 11:46am June 10, 2013

    You and me both! Terrible way to start an Italian vacation.

  • Montanabusiness at 3:40pm June 10, 2013

    Of all the luck, traveling ATL to CDG departing 6/12 arriving 6/13. Will we make it? This is a senior trip for my teenager…not even business.

    • Brian Cohen at 5:47pm June 10, 2013

      Because Atlanta to Paris is considered a long-haul flight, you should be okay, Montanabusiness.

      Enjoy your trip!

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