Strike Hits Airports in France, Affects More than 1,000 Europe Flights

French air traffic controllers have gone on strike – a strike that may continue continue into Thursday – and this has disrupted travel at some of France’s busiest airports.

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Major Airports in France Hit

According to the BBC, airports including “Charles de Gaulle, Orly, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux were all said to have been affected”.  French authorities say this has meant as many as 1,800 flights were canceled on both Tuesday and today (Wed., June 12) and while they expect the situation will “stabilize” by Thursday, there could be a spillover effect as airlines play catch-up, trying to get delayed passengers where they need to go as they move ahead with the day’s regularly scheduled flights.

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Flights throughout Europe Affected

Fortunately, many airlines were proactive in warning travelers about the strike. Still – no surprise here – it’s created a lot of problems for many European flyers. See for yourself on FlightStats map of Europe’s airports – it’s a sea of red dots with nearly two dozen cities reporting “excessive” delays.

What Passengers Can Do

For those who get caught up in this, there is not a whole lot you can do beyond staying in close contact with your airline. Your goal is to be first in line for the next available seat on a plane so if you’re at the airport, get in line to speak with an airline representative and if you made arrangements through a travel agent, get in contact with them as well.

At least European carriers are used to such disruptions -this isn’t the first such strike on the Continent, and it won’t be the last.


Published: June 12, 2013