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Air France strike costs €20m a day, more days set

Thousands of passengers were stranded on Saturday, and more strike dates are scheduled to follow.

Air France was forced to cancel around 30% of its flights on Saturday as strikes at the French national airline intensified, costing the carrier €20 million per day.

The walkout is affecting both international and domestic flights, with Paris’ Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports particularly badly hit. Air France continues to offer to change tickets for free.

More strike days in April have been announced by unions fighting for a wage increase: Tuesday April 17, Wednesday April 18, Monday April 23 and Tuesday April 24.

Strike days had already been announced for Tuesday April 10 and Wednesday April 11. Five previous strike days have so far taken place.

A group jointly representing the unions criticised Air France’s management for its “sham negotiations”, promising it would continue its battle to get a 6% pay rise.

Double trouble
The new dates are especially bad news for travellers because April 18, 23 and 24 are also dates announced for rail strikes by unions at France’s national rail operator SNCF.

This is a turbulent period for travel in France, as workers protest French President Emmanuel Macron’s economic reforms. The rail strike is being seen as the biggest challenge to Macron since he took office last year.

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