SNPL National strike, the grounds of which do not specifically concern Air France

Published on : Wednesday, April 30, 2014

airfranceAir France has received the details of the strike notice filed by the SNPL National Union of Airline Pilots from 3 to 30 May.

This national union of airline pilots, which doesn’t represent Air France pilots, is addressing claims to the public authorities that do not specifically concern Air France.

According to the SNPL national union of airline pilots, even though this national action aims to impact all airlines, it will penalize in priority the Air France Group, the main employer of French pilots. It represents a major threat for all Air France staff.

This movement is unusual both in terms of its duration of close to 1 month, as in its modus operandi which will significantly penalize the Air France Group’s flight schedule on a daily basis at two key moments in its operation.

The strike times decided by the SNPL National Union of Airline Pilots are particularly penalizing for Air France and its customers:

. a work stoppage from 5:45 to 7:45 will disrupt the early morning departures of medium-haul flights and, due to flight sequencing, the entire day’s flight schedule.

. a work stoppage from 12:45 to 15:45 will affect the day’s broadest span of long-haul departures, with over 30 long-haul flights scheduled out of 70 daily long-haul flights.

This strike will disrupt the Air France flight schedule and prevent numerous connections at Paris-CDG. To avoid this situation and out of respect for its customers, Air France will be forced to cancel the majority of flights operated by striking pilots. Only a very limited number of flights will be rescheduled.


Air France wishes to minimize inconvenience caused to its customers (delays, last-minute cancellations, saturated boarding lounges) and provide them with an optimum quality of service on the flights that will continue to operate.

As stipulated by the Diard law, the Company will do all it can to inform its passengers by telephone, SMS and on the internet at least 24 hours before the departure of each flight concerned, once it has received information on the number of striking pilots.

Facing the urgency and seriousness of the situation, Frédéric Gagey, Chairman and CEO of Air France, has published an open letter to Yves Deshayes, chairman of the SNPL National Union of Airline Pilots.

He notably states that this movement is taking place at a crucial time in Air France’s recovery, driven by the determination and commitment of all categories of staff and their representatives, a powerful commercial strategy and renewed communication, the pending arrival of new in-flight products and enthusiastic teams in contact with customers.

After six years of losses, the objective of generating a positive operating income for 2014 is in sight. “It seems inconceivable that a strike, the grounds of which in no way concern Air France, can curb this momentum” added Frédéric Gagey.



Source:- Air France


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