French ATC Industrial Action: 24-30 June.

There remains a possibility, despite conflicting media reports, that Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) in France are planning to strike from tomorrow, Tuesday 24 until Sunday 30 June 2014.

The level of disruption is likely to fluctuate in different parts of France at different times of the day. It is expected that industrial action will disrupt numerous airlines’ services during this period and, also, for other services which overfly French airspace.

Information from the French authorities on the number of mandated cancellations is expected later today, therefore, we (GTM) strongly recommend that even if you are not flying directly to France, but are also flying to Italy, Span & Switzerland, that you check-in online for your flight/s. We will also be monitoring all of our customer’s flights for updates from the airlines whose flights are affected.

Air Traffic Controllers Cancel Third Day of Strikes.

The union representing France’s air traffic controllers has cancelled a planned third day of strikes for tomorrow, Thursday 13th June. The cancellation of the third day of strikes was in reponse to signs of encouraging support from the French & German governments over the EU’s Single European Sky project.

Whilst this is good news, please bear in mind that some aircraft and crew will still be out of position tomorrow, so some continued disruption should be expected. Check in online for the most up to date information from your airline.

Air-traffic Controllers begin three day strike.

Further to our initial report yesterday (see below), confirmation that air-traffic controllers in France are beginning a three-day strike tomorrow (Wednesday) to protest against EU plans to create a single European airspace. The controllers say the Single European Sky (SES) project will affect public safety and their working conditions.

Strikes and walk-outs are expected to spread across Europe on Wednesday. France’s civil aviation authority has asked airlines to halve the number of flights serving major French cities to deal with the expected disruption.

Our advice as always is to check in online for your flight and to contact us should you not have heard if your flight/s have been affected.

France – ATC & Rail Strikes This Week.

French Air Traffic Control has announced industrial action between Tuesday 11th June and Thursday 13th June 2013.

As a result some flights will be disrupted, or cancelled, please contact us (GTM) if you are due to travel to France during the aforementioned dates. As always, please also ensure that you do check in online for your flight/s too.

Rail Europe are also advising that SNCF, France’s national railway company, will go on strike from 2000 CET on Wednesday 12th June, running through until 0800 on Friday 14th June. SNCF are advising that their normal timetable cannot be guaranteed during the disruption.