The four-day strike, organised by the two largest unions SNPL and SPAF, has been described by one French newspaper as “the most absurd of the year”.
Passengers flying with Air France’s partner companies or subsidiaries like KLM, Delta, Transavia and Hop! will not be affected by the walk out.
In a statement to The Local on Friday morning an Air France spokesperson said all details will be published the day before the action.
“Customers whose flight is cancelled will be informed by Air France's commercial teams who will be doing all they can to inform and assist them.
“Commercial measures, available on the airfrance.com website, have already been implemented to allow passengers to modify their trip at no extra charge.”
Sympathy among the French public for the ongoing strikes is decreasing by the day, but the public are rarely supportive of Air France pilots, which the Nouvel Observateur magazine described as some of the “best qualified and best paid workers in France”.
The last Air pilots’ strike in the summer of 2014 cost the company up to €500 million and bosses fear the latest industrial action will be another financial hammer blow for the company.
“Air France considers that a four-day pilot strike, at a time when the company is posting positive results after eight years of losses, will jeopardize this positive momentum and seriously risk compromising the efforts made by all the Company's staff,” said an Air France spokesperson in a statement.
“Air France's situation remains fragile, and the commitment of all the different staff categories to ensure the Company's growth and provide a caring image to its customers is a necessity.”