How France’s public sector strike has left scores of flights grounded

Thousands of air passengers are set for a day of travel misery, with airlines having to cancel 30 percent of flights due to a day of mass public sector strike in France.

How France's public sector strike has left scores of flights grounded
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French air-traffic controllers were among the tens of thousands of public sector workers to down tools on Tuesday to show their “anger over the government's bid to transform the gargantuan public service.
As a result France's civil aviation authority (DGAC) has asked airlines to cut down on 30 percent of flights planned to take off and land in France. 
Disruptions were expected across France and passengers are advised to contact the airline they're flying with to find out the status of their flight.
However, several companies have released their projections for how flights will be affected on Tuesday October 10th. 

France's public sector strike: How it will affect you

Air France
Air France has cancelled around 25 percent of its short-haul and medium-haul flights, which will affect Paris airports Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly, as well as flights from Paris Beauvais, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes. 
But that means good news for people flying long-haul either into or from Paris airports Charles de Gaulle and Orly which will remain unaffected.
However, the airline added that there could be last minute delays and cancellations. 
Air France's regional airline HOP! has cancelled 261 flights. CLICK HERE for the full list. 
With large numbers of cancellations already scheduled until March 2018, the Irish airline has informed its passengers that 210 flights are grounded as a result of the strikes. 
The cancellations affect Marseille, Paris Beauvais and Tours airports, among many others. CLICK HERE for the full list. 
Easyjet has announced the cancellation of 104 flights due to the strikes, adding that customers affected will be contacted by email or SMS. 
If you are among those whose flight is cancelled, Easyjet recommends that you do not go to the airport instead go to their website where you can change your flight for free or claim a refund
Aigle Azur 
Passengers flying with Aigle Azur won't be suffering quite as much as their peers, with the airline cancelling just eight flights as a result of the strikes. 
CLICK HERE for the full list. 
The airline said that passengers affected by the grounded flights will be contacted about finding a solution.
Royal Air Maroc
The airline predicts a number of delays and cancellations to take place throughout the course of Tuesday's strike, concerning flights arriving in and leaving France. 
For those impacted by the action, the airline will try to give customers one of the limited places available on other flights. 
Otherwise, the airline will change the travel date for free, as long as the passenger agrees to travel before October 21st. 
If this doesn't suit the passenger, a refund will be given. 
Swiss International Airlines 
Since Monday night the airline has cancelled four flights between Zurich and Paris and one between Zurich and Nice.




French customs officers strike over job cuts

Customs officers across France will walk out on Thursday in protest at job cuts that unions say will “weaken the customs network”.

French customs officers strike over job cuts

The national strike on Thursday, March 10th is expected to lead to delays at ports, airports and on the Eurostar.

The strike, which will include a rally outside the National Assembly building in Paris, was called by the CFDT-Douane and has the support of other unions. 

A work-to-rule protest over pay and conditions by customs officers in 2019, under the shadow of Brexit, led to delays and disruption at airports, as well as ports including Calais and Dunkirk, and on Eurostar trains.

Unions are calling on the government to axe plans to switch responsibility for import duty collection to the Direction Générale des Finances Publiques by 2024, at the cost of 700 customs’ officer jobs – and, according to strikers, tens of billions of euros to State coffers.

“We are asking for the reforms to be stopped, mainly that of the transfer of taxation, which is disorganising the network with the elimination of nearly a thousand jobs,” CFDT-Douane’s secretary general David-Olivier Caron said.

The planned job cuts come after years of restructuring and streamlining that has seen thousands of positions disappear, the unions say, when customs fraud and smuggling is rising because of a lack of resources.