Air France Strike Strands Thousands of Passengers
Air France pilots walked off the job Monday leaving thousands of passengers without any means of getting home or to their destinations.
The Paris-based airline cancelled 52% of its flights on Monday as a result of the job action. Pilots are protesting the airline’s plans to move much of its European flying to a low-cost subsidiary, which would result in lower pay for many pilots. The strike could extend throughout the entirety of the week.
Air France said that 60% of its 3,800 pilots were taking part in the strike although the pilots union said that the figure is closer to 75%. In a message on its website, the airline said it expected “important disruptions in our flights” through September 22. It is inviting passengers to postpone their travel at no cost to the following week.
Air France flights operated by other airlines including Hop, KLM, and Delta, are not impacted by the strike.
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