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Strike: in airports, how are canceled or maintained flights selected?


The General Directorate of Civil Aviation asks companies to cancel flights in the event of an air traffic controller strike. This is still the case until March 31 on departure from Paris Orly, Marseille Provence, Bordeaux and Toulouse. Which roads are impacted in priority?

Since the beginning of the protest against the pension reform, in mid-January, regular strikes by air traffic controllers have forced the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) to regularly ask companies to reduce their flights from certain airports, provoking cancellations or postponements.

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If, at the start of the movement, the phenomenon was confined to Paris Orly, where up to a third of short and medium-haul flights are sometimes suspended, it is now spreading to other platforms.

While the tenth day of mobilization results in numerous demonstrations and walkouts all over France on March 28, several flights have been canceled since last Friday.

The DGAC announces that,

"from Monday March 27, 2023 in the evening until Thursday March 30, 2023 at 6 a.m., air traffic will be disrupted on departure and arrival from Paris Orly, Marseille Provence, Bordeaux and Toulouse airports. ".

“Cancellations and delays are to be expected

,” continues the

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The latter are dependent on the “Notam” (for

Notice to AirMen

), these notices sent by the DGAC once it is aware of the rate of strikers in the control towers.

These notices impose on companies a minimum rate of flights to be canceled depending on the days and airports.

It is then up to the carriers to manage to apply the requested reductions to their flight schedules, following their own operational and commercial strategies.

Which flights are canceled first?

“We make sure to reduce the impact for passengers by choosing as a priority and when possible the destinations for which there are several rotations per day or on which alternative travel solutions are possible”, answers Le Figaro the management of



. low-cost Transavia, mainly focused on short-haul domestic flights (including Overseas) and medium-haul services to southern Europe and the Maghreb.

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Same story on the side of the management of Air France.

The parent company of Transavia indicates that it refers to three principles to choose which flights to cancel:

  • The least full flights, observing the outward and return load factor.

  • Flights to destinations where there are the most frequencies, to keep flights to destinations where there are fewer.

  • Protect the destinations where there are trade shows and other professional events.

The management of the tricolor company also indicates that it did not have to cancel flights due to its staff strike, but points to social movements by air traffic controllers which go so far as to force certain airports to close for lack of staff.

On the side of the leader in

low cost

flights , easyJet, it is indicated to take into account "

several factors - risk areas, percentage of cancellations required by the DGAC, timetables, duration of the mobilization movement - easyJet protects the flights where the flight alternatives are limited or non-existent.

For example lines where we have few frequencies or are the only operator.

The company is also attentive to the filling rates, ”

we also indicate on the side of the British company.

Are the commercial conditions relaxed?

All the carriers questioned indicate that, since the start of this dispute sequence, flight cancellations have mainly concerned short-haul networks, rarely medium-haul flights, and never long-haul flights.

In the event of cancellation, the carrier sets up an alternative solution for the passengers concerned, and commercial offers.

At Transavia, for example, passengers can refuse the proposed new journey and in this case are reimbursed for their ticket.

Read alsoStrikes: train, plane … How to be sure to get your ticket reimbursed

Within the Air France group, however, we underline a

“very heavy operational and financial impact”

of these days of repeated strikes, an impact whose figures will be revealed during the presentation of the group’s annual results.

Source: lefigaro

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