A NATIONAL strike in France is set to make travel to, from and within France chaotic over the next FIVE days.
The national strike due to begin at 7pm local time on Wednesday 4 December.
The shutdown will affect rail, road and air transport, with the Foreign Office warning the strike “will primarily affect public transport with cancellations and severe delays expected on trains, metros, buses and trams”.
While the strike will mainly affect local transport, French air traffic controllers (ATC) and airport fire service are also planning to walk out, which will mean disruption to flights to and from France as well as over French air space.
Easy Jet, British Airways, Ryanair and Eurostar have already been forced to cancel a number of services as a result.
Easy Jet has announced that it has already cancelled 233 flights across its network.
The airline has stated that it’s expecting a huge volume of calls to its call centre and advises customers to track their flight status online instead. This can be done by logging onto www.easyjet.com/(Your flight number).
The airline has confirmed that though the delays are out of their control, customers affected by cancellations will be eligible for a refund or a free of charge transfer to a new flight.
Euro Weekly News confirms that similar statements have been sent out by British Airways and Ryanair.
Eurostar services to Paris, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Brussels have also been affected with 78 cancellations already made between December 5 and 8.
Eurostar said that customers who are affected by cancellations will be notified and also advises clients to check their website for the latest update.
Anyone heading to France next week is urged to check before they travel to make sure services are still running.
When the French ATC went on strike earlier this year, over 500 flights had to be cancelled.
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