Air France will resume the majority of flights again today, following the end of a two-week pilot’s union strike on September 28.
The airline’s schedule was severely disrupted during the strikes with up to 60 per cent of flights cancelled, causing an estimated loss of up to €300m (£233) for the company. This figure doesn’t yet account for passenger compensation.
The strike was initiated following Air France’s proposed plans to expand its budget airline division, Transavia. Air France claim that they are under increased pressure to expand the cheap flight options, in order to align with a shift in consumer demand. However, pilots feared that the plans will lower their pay and working conditions.
Despite lengthy negotiations between the pilot unions and Air France over the past 24 hours, including 15 hours of talks on Saturday, no agreement has yet been reached.
However, a strike end has been decided among the union and pilots are returning to work. The airline plans for almost all of medium haul flights and more than 90 per cent of its long-haul flights to be operating as normal today.
Due to the lengthy nature of these strikes, Air France is warning customers that last minute changes and minor delays may still occur.
“As aircraft have not flown for several days, mandatory checks are required before operations resume. In addition, aircraft and crews must be repositioned at all Air France stations throughout the world and flight crews must be given their legal rest periods before carrying out return flights,” Air France said.