The French love of strikes makes travelling in and out or within France a risky business. Strikes this week are a reminder of this risk.
Airlines are warning Swiss travellers of potential flight cancellations this week due to French strikes. Geneva airport has posted a cancellation warning on its website. Easyjet, the airport’s largest carrier, has said it expects delays and cancellations from 7pm on 9 December to 6am Wednesday 11 December 2019. Swiss has issued a similar warning.
Seasoned travellers know to avoid transiting through a French airport to a secondary destination. Unfortunately, this provides no guarantee. France’s strike-happy air traffic controllers can delay or ground flights passing through French airspace. In 2018, four airlines filed a complaint with the European Commission arguing France was preventing free movement of people and breaking EU law by not enabling flights over the country during strikes, according to Reuters.
In addition, Easyjet warns of a risk of delays and cancellations of flights to Italy on 13 December 2019 due to planned strikes by baggage handlers.