Strikes take place today at Air France and Alitalia
In tweets posted today, Air France promises to carry all of its passengers to their final destinations, despite a strike called for the day. In two separate tweets, the airline says: “All Air France passengers will be transported, disruptions limited to a few delays” and “6,500 Air France staff to inform and assist customers quickly and efficiently”.
In another statement, Air France explains: “6,500 members of Air France staff will be available to inform and assist customers as quickly and efficiently as possible and to limit the impact of this strike action. Due to the busy school vacation period, Air France recommends its customers to arrive at the airport early and, as far as possible, to check in online at www.airfrance.com as from 30 hours before their flight.
It promises: “In case of disruption to their flight, Air France will directly inform customers by phone, SMS or email. In order to be personally notified, Air France recommends that all customers ensure that they have provided reliable contact details so that they can be contacted during their trip (phone and email).”
This information can be given online the Air France website in the Consult / Change Your Booking section, on the Air France mobile website (http://mobile.airfrance.com), and the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone apps in the “My Account” section.
Meanwhile, the latest in a wave of transport strikes in Italy is due to take place this afternoon. All of the country‘s airport personnel including ground workers and possibly even airport security will be on strike for four hours, from 13.00 to 17.00, while Alitalia pilots and flight attendants will be on strike during the same four hours.
A planned strike at the Italian airline Meridiana timed for November 6 has been cancelled. However, a strike of personnel on Italiy’s local trams and buses is planned for November 16, while some airport personnel in Milan are likely to again go on strike on November 19.
[photo courtesy Air France]