Air France Pilots Strike Continues into Week 3 Even After Airline Concedes to Demands
Job Action Could Cost Carrier €300 Million
The Air France pilots’ strike continued into its 12th day Friday, even after the airline conceded to a major demand from the pilots union.
Air France said Friday that its operations are “still disrupted” in a message on its website, and that it plans to operate 48% of its flights Friday as 58% of its pilots remain off the job. On Wednesday, the airline said it had cancelled plans to expand its low-cost carrier Transavia at the expensive of its own pilots, an action that did not satisfy the union, which responded that it had “made reasonable proposals” to end the job action but that “management chose to refuse them.”
Flights by Delta, Hop, and KLM are not impacted by the strike.
The cancellations have cost Air France roughly €20 million ($25.5 million) per day. The Paris-based airline says that the job action, which started on September 15, will continue through the end of September.
The strike began as a protest against the airline’s plans to move much of its European flying to Transavia, which would result in lower pay for many pilots. The pilots union wants Transavia pilots to get the same pay and benefits as those received by Air France pilots.
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