April 08, 2015

French Air Traffic Control Strike

A 48-hour strike held by French air traffic controllers is set to cause havoc for scheduled airline travellers flying to and from French airports over the next two days.

The French Civil Aviation Authority has told airlines they need to cut 40 per cent of flights today (Wednesday) due to the strikes. Air France has cut 40% of its medium-haul flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle, 70% from Orly, and 40% of flights from other French airports, while Ryanair has already cancelled over 250 flights and warned further cancellations and delays are likely.

Short-haul flights to and from France are most likely to be hit, with passengers being advised that last-minute delays and cancellations can be expected. Flights from other European destinations, with flight paths over French airspace, are also likely to be impacted by the strike.

Private jet travel during the French air traffic control strike

Over the last few days at PrivateFly we’ve seen an increase in enquiries and bookings for last minute private jet charter flights in or around France. One last minute flight we arranged was for a passenger who was travelling domestically in France for business. His original flight was cancelled and he was able to book a private jet with us, which ended up getting him to his destination earlier than his original flight would have.

While private jets are also impacted by strikes, they are less affected than airlines. Private aircraft can be re-routed at very short notice, fly around affected air space and the inherent flexibility of private jet travel makes it possible to work around most travel disruption.

During events such as a strike, our customers often turn to the PrivateFly app for a quick quote on a last-minute private jet flight in order to get home during delays.

For advice on private jet travel in France, contact us or call our 24/7 Flight Team on +44 (0)1747 642777

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