Europe Travelers – Watch for Strike-Disrupted Flights

Attention Europe Travelers

Traveling in Europe today? Check with your airline before heading to the airport – particularly if you are in Europe.

What’s happening: transportation workers (and others) in France are on strike – and maybe just for today – to protest the government’s plan to raise the minimum retirement age (from 60 to 62).

There are reports that airports are feeling the effects: we are hearing that half the flights at Orly and a third at de Gaulle are “expected to be cancelled” but, on the plus side – airlines had anticipated this and a lot of passengers have been rebooked.

Get in Touch with Your Airline

If you weren’t rebooked – or aren’t sure – get in touch with your airline immediately.

  • If you’re at the airport, get in line for a gate agent or the reservation counter
  • Get on the phone and call them (and do this in line, if the line is long)
  • Check the airline’s website, but call as well

Don’t Panic

The main thing to remember is, don’t panic. Such strikes are not terribly unusual in Europe and the airlines have learned how to deal with them. Well, not always terribly efficiently, but still…

Smart Tip: The metro in Paris is reportedly in “slow down” mode, too – if you have to get to the airport today, might we suggest “le taxi“?

Photo by smlp.co.uk on Flickr

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Published: October 12, 2010