British holidaymakers face being stuck in France due to ongoing travel disruptions.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
The French Civil Aviation Authority has announced that they will be joining the country’s national rail-operator SNCF in staging a walkout.
The walkout of air traffic controllers will take place from June 3rd until June 5th. This adds to growing fears of travel chaos less than fortnight before the start of Euro 2016, which is being held in France.
France is already one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. In particular a hotspot for Brits, the country can expect over a million additional visitors during the tournament.
Air France pilots have followed suit in announcing industrial action but have yet to set a date for a strike.
This latest development comes as French President Francois Hollande refuses to back down over controversial labour reforms.
The Government, in an attempt to calm the unrest, has stated that they are willing to talk to Union chiefs. There is still time for a resolution to be reached between the Government and the Trade Unions; however, if the strike does go ahead as planned and your travel is affected, here is what you need to know.
Flights cancelled or delayed as a result of the scheduled industrial action, are unfortunately not eligible for compensation. The reason being that strikes caused by third party staff, such as air traffic controllers or ground staff, are considered extraordinary circumstances. In situations such as these, the airline cannot be held accountable and is therefore not obliged to pay compensation.
However, the airline should provide you with sufficient care. This entails food & drinks, phone calls as well overnight accommodation if required. Unfortunately this isn’t always straightforward, with some airlines requiring passengers to pay up front, to be reimbursed once they have made a claim on their return to Britain.
Written by: Flight-Delayed