1 Why the airport strike this weekend?
Strike calls, which are due to go into effect on Saturday, are increasing at many airlines: Ryanair, EasyJet, Air France, Transavia, Brussels Airline, Volotea … Employees are demanding better working conditions. Because travelers are crowded at stations after the covid period. However, there are 7000 vacancies at airports. Because of this labor shortage, employees are under stress and the pace of work is only accelerating.
Since then, at Ryanair, the cabin crew union has gone on strike to denounce disrespectful rest times and demand a pay rise for employees who are “paid at minimum wage”. At easyJet, the movement, which will lead to strikes, is also calling for higher wages, while “EasyJet employees in Spain are currently paid a basic salary of 950 euros” a month, according to the trade union union Auvrier.
2 What are the effects of the strike on flights?
The consequences of the strikes will depend on their success with the aircrew. According to Air France management, the impact on its lines (including Transavia) will be reduced because the union that called for the strike in the company is in the minority. In contrast to the movement in Ryanair, which promises to be more substantial, the unions of the five countries (Spain, France, Belgium, Portugal, Italy) are calling for mobilization. Low-cost EasyJet also expects “some disruption”: it will only be able, for example, to save 30-40% of scheduled flights departing and arriving at Charleroi Airport (Belgium). In France, the biggest disturbances are expected in Marseille, Toulouse, Beauvais and Bordeaux.
3 What flights are canceled at Breton Airports?
In Rennes only, the airport reported that “the airlines have not announced any cancellations yet”. At Brest Guipavas airport, on Friday afternoon, two flights were canceled on Saturday 25 June: Brest Bastia and Brest, provided by Volutia. We say at the airport “It is an indirect effect of the staff strike at Marseille Airport that does not allow flights to be provided. Other disruptions may be announced over the weekend, and it will be necessary to approach companies.”
Also at Nantes airport, it was announced that several Volutia flights had been canceled over the weekend. “Saturday, it is Nantes – Bastia – Nantes alternating and Nantes – Montpellier – Nantes, indicating the airport. And on Sunday, Nantes – Ajaccio – Nantes and Nantes – Lyon – Nantes and Nantes – Bastia – Nantes.” Nantes-Marseille Sunday, presented by Ryanair, is Also displayed as Canceled. “Passengers are notified of the status of their flight directly by the company, via SMS,” the airport recalls.
4 Are other disturbances expected this summer?
More strike days are planned this summer but it is still too early to tell if flights departing from Brittany will be affected. Rennes reports that “no flight cancellation requests have been sent to us at this stage.”
EasyJet unions are planning a nine-day strike in July at Spanish airports in Barcelona, Malaga and Mallorca in the Balearic Islands. In Transavia, the national union of commercial airline crews plans to file a strike notice that should last “until the end of summer”. The rules of Orly, Nantes, Lyon and Montpellier should be primarily concerned. Transavia has already preemptively canceled 3% of its flights between July and August. There will also be a 15% shortfall in ground handling personnel and a 20% shortfall in security to get French airports to function properly this summer. In the Paris Charles de Gaulle, employees are being asked to stop working from July 1. For travelers, it will be necessary to arrive early: queues may be longer than usual.
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