Air France strike enters second week

Strike costing the company €10mn to €15mn a day

The controversial pilot strike at Air France is entering its second week. The airline expects to operate just 41% of its flights today as the SNPL union extends the strike until Friday – and could continue it even further than that.

Talks between the two sides have broken down and the union is calling on French Prime Minister Manuel Valls to help resolve the dispute. The pilots have been striking for a full week over cost cuts and expansion plans for the Air France low-cost unit Transavia.

“Talks have reached a complete impasse,” the SNPL said in a statement. “Management is playing for time, waiting for the movement to weaken.”

Air France estimates the strike action is costing the company €10 million to €15 million a day – implying a total cost of €80 million by September 26.


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