Watch Out: Air France Strike Underway
The Air France strike which began Thursday is scheduled to end tonight, but repercussions could continue as the airline recovers. Today the airline announced that it is making "preventative" cancellations by guessing how many flight attendants will and will not show up. Check the Air France website for updates.
Still, some cancellations, at least today, will continue to be last minute because the flight crews report only an hour and a half before flight time, and it's only then that the airline knows whether it has enough attendants. (There must be one for every 50 passengers on board.)
Find the status of flights at www.airfrance.com/us. If you happen to be in France while reading this, a special number has been set up: 0800 240 260. Otherwise, call the usual call center.
Passengers are allowed during the strike to change thier flight to another Air France flight or to another destination. Passengers can also change their flight to another airline, pay, and get their Air France ticket price reimbursed, says the airline, although I personnally would be a little leery about how long it might take to get my money back. Keep receipts and boarding passes, for sure.
For flights within Europe, passengers have the option of traveling instead by French Railways, and any difference between the airfare and the train fare will be refunded.
By Cindy Loose |
October 24, 2007; 10:16 AM ET
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