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French strike action to impact air, rail travel this week

A planned strike action for the evening of March 30 and the day of March 31 involving multiple unions in France might play havoc with the plans of some traveling to Cannes for MIPDoc and MIPTV.
March 30, 2016

A planned strike action for the evening of March 30 and the day of March 31 involving multiple unions in France might play havoc with the plans of some traveling to France for MIPDoc and MIPTV.

Sectors to be affected in the strike action, set to begin at 10 p.m. this evening (March 30) and extend to 5:40 a.m. GMT April 1, include rail services, public transport, and aviation – including air traffic controllers, Air France employees, and flight attendants.

Air France has issued a statement, saying that from March 31, its plan is to operate all “long-haul” flights, and all of its flights from and to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport. However, it says it will only be able to operate 80% of its domestic flights to and from Paris’ Orly airport, and 65% of its domestic flights to and from Marseille.

The statement adds that updates to its schedule are ongoing and any Air France customers set to travel in that time frame should be aware that “last minute delays and cancellations can also be expected.”

In terms of rail travel, only half of RER A and RER B trains will be running as normal, while the RER C is expected to run only one train out of three.

The disruption may impact those international travelers heading to MIPDoc and MIPTV in the latter half of this week. MIPDoc is slated to begin on April 2, by which time the planned strike action is expected to be over.

Travelers are advised to check their flight and/or rail status often to ensure their transport hasn’t been affected.

Last year, a potential strike action called by French air traffic control union the SNCTA threatened air travel out of Nice following the MIPTV conference. Two days before the planned strike action, it was called off by the union “in light of commitments made by management and the government.”

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Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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