Air France strikes are rarely worth covering. On any given day of course there’s a threat of a strike. They’re French. That’s what they do.
While much of the Air France KLM business has performed well, though not as well as peers, mainline Air France managed just a 1% operating margin in the fourth quarter. That’s despite holding labor costs constant. They have a revenue problem, and labor groups aren’t happy that they don’t have a cost problem too.
About half the mainline Air France schedule was dumped today due to a one day strike of cabin crew, pilots and ground staff despite guaranteeing that 75% of their flights would operate. Without enough cabin crew some flights that did operate capped the number of passengers onboard.
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Things got a bit out of control today as well.
French riot police fired pepper spray at angry Air France employees who tried to storm a terminal at Paris’ main airport Thursday amid a strike over pay that has grounded flights.
Hundreds of noisy Air France staff demonstrated at the French airlines’ headquarters at Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris’ largest, brandishing flares, French tricolor flags and posters.
Around 50 staff protesters got past police to enter one of airport’s terminals, where they marched and set off horns before leaving.
Of course that’s downright civilized compared to some carriers — when employees protest Pakistan International Airlines police use rubber bullets, water cannons and tear gas.