More than 1000 flights were canceled in France due to the air traffic controllers' strike!
More than 1.000 flights have been canceled in France today (September 16) as a result of a strike by air traffic controllers, which will last until 06:00 tomorrow. Air France today canceled 55% of its short- and medium-haul flights, along with 10% of its long-haul services.
Ryanair canceled 420 flights and said this "unjustified" strike affected 80.000 passengers in France and across Europe. Low-cost airline Transavia canceled 140 flights and EasyJet said it had canceled "hundreds" of flights.
If your flight is canceled as a result of this strike, you will generally be entitled to a full refund or a rescheduled flight. Because the strike is done by airport staff and not airline staff, delays and cancellations are technically out of the airline's control and you would not normally be entitled to compensation.
Aviation authority General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) asked airlines to halve their schedules to help manage the effects of the strike, but still warned of "severe" disruption and encouraged passengers to postpone their travel if possible.
The SNCTA union has also called three additional strike days on Wednesday, September 28, Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30. But the strike scheduled for the end of September could be avoided if there is an agreement between the authorities and the unions.