A strike by SNPL, France’s largest pilot union, grounded nearly one-quarter of Air France’s flights from February 6-9. All flights are expected to resume as scheduled on February 10, but the four-day disruption is said to have cost the carrier between €8 million and €10 million a day.
“Despite this unprecedented mobilization, Air France has been forced to make more than 300 last-minute flight cancellations since the beginning of the strike, due to a lack of visibility as to the availability of staff,” according to a press release.
Customers were notified about the status of their flights via text message and email. Air France estimates that more than 200,000 notifications were sent out over the four-day period.
Fortunately, the strike didn’t affect as many long-haul flights as airline officials previously predicted. On February 7, for instance, Air France was able to operate more than 70 percent of its scheduled long-haul routes, more than the 50 percent originally projected, according to the press release.