Strike to Disrupt Air, Rail Travel in France

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A national strike is set to disrupt rail and air travel in France from Thursday, December 5 through Saturday, December 7. 

France’s national rail operator, SNCF, predicts severe disruptions on its entire network, including Eurostar services, from December 5 – 8, as well as from 8 p.m. onward on December 4 (local time). Guests can get an exchange or refund at no cost on Travelers can also search for their train by train number on the SNCF website to see if their train is still running. 

A number of airlines are also predicting disruptions to their operations during the strike period, and they have issued flight change waivers as a result.


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Air France reports that, on December 5, it expects to operate all of its long-haul flights, 85 percent of its medium-haul flights and almost 70 percent of its domestic flights. The airline also expects disruptions on December 6 and 7 as well. Guests with tickets within France or Europe from December 5 – 7 postpone their flight to any date up to December 15, or postpone their flight after December 15, choose a different destination or departure city or cancel their trip, in which case they will receive a nonrefundable voucher valid for 1 year on any Air France or KLM flight. Guests whose flights are cancelled or delayed by more than five hours and decide not to travel are also eligible for a refund. 

American Airlines is allowing customers scheduled to travel December 5 – 7 to rebook through December 15 between the same city pair in the same cabin (or pay the difference). 

United Airlines is allowing customers scheduled to fly through December 7 to rebook through December 15 in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the original city pair. 

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