Air France stated (09-Feb-2012) 75% of services over its short, medium and long-haul networks were operated over the four-day strike period from 06-Feb-2012 through 09-Feb-2012, with the carrier transporting over 325,000 passengers over this period. However, the carrier was forced to make more than 300 last-minute flight cancellations and sent over 200,000 text messages and e-mails to customers over the period. Air France CEO Alexandre de Juniac estimated the strike action has cost the airline around EUR8-10 million per day. Extra costs included compensating passengers, rebooking services and notifying passengers of the cancellations. The carrier was expecting to operate 65% of long-haul and 75% of domestic/short-haul services on the final day of strike action on 09-Feb-2012. Operations will return to normal on 10-Feb-2012, although some operations may be impacted by very cold weather conditions in and around Paris. [more - original PR]
Air France operates 75% of services over four-day strike period
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