French strikes: Flight disruptions as new ‘day of protest’ called

French strikes: Flight disruptions as new 'day of protest' called
Airlines said they expected the strike movement to cause some delays and cancellations to their schedules on Thursday. Photo: AFP
Airline operators have warned of delays and cancellations on Thursday as French unions called for another day of protest against the government’s pension reform.

Unions have declared Thursday a 'day of protest' and although the disruption is nothing like as severe as when the strikes began in early December, some services are affected both in the air and on the railways.

Here is what the situation looked like on Thursday morning.

Flights

One of the unions representing air traffic controllers, USAC-CGT, called for its workers to join the strike on Thursday. This is the second largest union representing air traffic controllers, and flight companies expected the strike to cause some delays and cancellations on their lines.

Air France warned its customers on Wednesday afternoon of “possible disruption” on short haul flights. The the company expected to maintain scheduled long haul flights.

Ryanair confirmed on Thursday morning that it has cancelled several flights, and that customers concerned were informed via SMS and email. Anyone who has not received a message from the company could expect its flight to run as scheduled, the company wrote on its website Thursday morning. 

Easyjet also said it “expected delays” and asked all customers to check their flight status on the Easyjet app or its website.

On Thursday morning, Toulouse-Blagnac warned customers that multiple flights were cancelled.

 

Trains

In general, rail lines operated mostly as usual on Thursday.

National rail operator SNCF said traffic would run as normal all day, both on the high speed TGV and the budget Ouigo trains.

As for the suburban Transilien services, two lines ran on reduced services, the lines H (one train out of three) and K (two trains out of three).

The Intercité routes operated as usual.

In Paris the RATP services are largely running as normal, although some Metro lines are running slightly fewer services. Lines 2, 4, 5 and 12 are affected.

The number of rail workers participating in the strike movement has dwindled since early January. French strikers are not paid during strikes and many workers received empty payslips in January after having participated in the movement since the strikes began December 5th.

Protests 

In Paris, a protest led by worker’s unions CGT, Force Ouvrière, Solidaires and teacher’s union FSU will leave from the Montparnasse train station (south of the Seine riverbank) for Place d’Italie (southeast) at 1.30 pm. 

This is the route planned:


Photo: Google Maps 

Tourism spots

The strike movement also affected the opening hours of the Versailles Estate.

 


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