French pilots strike has been cancelled

May hasn’t been the best month so far neither for airlines, nor air travellers. If you have an upcoming flight with Air France, then most probably you had already heard about yet another big strike that was about to happen in a few days time. Because next week French pilots were about to go on a 5-day strike, starting from Tuesday, May 14th to May 19th.

Right now the French pilot strike has been cancelled, and you can relax for now as your travel plans most probably aren’t going to be affected anymore.

According to French newspaper La Tribune an agreement between the pilots union and Ministry of Transport and Communications has been reached.

Air France airplane

But what if the strike would happen?

What are your rights in these kind of situations? Would you be entitled to any sort of compensation?

The short answer is - yes, in Europe you would be entitled to flight compensation, if your flight would get cancelled now. And even if you don’t have travel insurance.

Because airline staff strikes are considered something that's within airline’s control. And accordingly, if the flight is cancelled less than 14 days before the date of departure, you are entitled to flight cancellation compensation. The compensation amounts are based on the distance of your flight (up to €600 per passenger).

Plus, the airline would still need to take you to your destination or give you a full refund of the price you paid for your airline ticket.

Other strikes that have happened recently (and your rights)

1) SAS pilots strike

At the very end of April SAS pilots went on a 6-day strike, leaving tens of thousands stranded at the airports. If you were one of the thousands that were affected, claim for compensation now.

Register your SAS flight here.

2) French ATC strike

French air traffic controllers went on a 2-day strike this week, paralyzing European air traffic.

However, a situation like this is considered extraordinary circumstances from the standpoint of the airline. Hence you aren’t eligible to compensation. But, don’t forget, that the airline still has to take care of you and provide you with a new flight or refund, plus food and accommodation in case of a long delay.


Have you got any questions about strikes? Or about flight compensations? Do not hesitate to contact us via email, Twitter or Facebook. Or check out our guides - Flight delay compensation, Flight cancellation compensation, Denied boarding compensation.