Dublin to Paris flight cancelled due to Air France pilots’ strike
Airline warns of further flight cancellations and delays, says 20% of flights are affected
Air France is to operate 80 per cent of flights today amid strike action by more than a quarter of its pilots. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters
Air France has cancelled a 9am flight from Dublin to Paris amid strike action by pilots at the airline.
Air France is to operate 80 per cent of flights today amid strike action by more than a quarter of its pilots.
The Air France website states flight AF 1617 leaving Dublin at 9.10am and arriving at Charles de Gaulle at 2.45pm has been cancelled.
In a statement Air France said around 30 per cent of its medium-haul flights to and from Paris have been affected for Monday and Tuesday.
It also warns that there may be last-minute cancellations and delays.
France are welcoming 2.5 million spectators for the Euro tournament that began Friday.
The airline is offering its customers who are booked on a flight between June 11th and 14th the possibility of changing their trip whether their flight is cancelled or not.
The flight cancellations add to railroaders, energy workers and garbage collectors’ work stoppages due to other disputes, including over the French government’s labour reform.
The conflict may cost the airline tens of millions of euros, Air France-KLM chief executive Alexandre de Juniac said last week.
In a labour walkout that coincides with the start of the European soccer championship, which France is hosting, pilots are protesting the carrier’s imposition of more work hours without additional pay and pushing it to order 26 long-haul planes.
Pilots only stop working for periods of about three hours three times a day, Emmanuel Mistrali, a spokesman for the largest pilot union, said “Our goal is that our demands are heard, not to stifle the company,” he said on Saturday.
The union, called by its acronym SNPL, estimates that 70 per cent of employees have partly stopped working.