Holiday chaos as Easyjet pilots in France 'to strike next week'

Ruth Doherty
French holiday chaos as Easyjet pilots 'to strike next week'
French holiday chaos as Easyjet pilots 'to strike next week'


Easyjet pilots in France could cause travel disruption after announcing plans to strike for three days.

The industrial action over pay will only affect crews in France.

Up to 250 staff members could strike on 15, 17, and 19 August, and not all flights to and from France will be affected.

An Easyjet statement sent to Aol Travel said: "Easyjet is surprised that the SNPL pilots issued a strike notice as the annual mandatory negotiations are currently taking place and an agreement has just been reached on its Toulouse and Nice bases. easyJet continues to create employment in France.

"The Management is open to dialogue and reminds that annual wage negotiations have always concluded positively. Easyjet has made a fair salary proposal and is waiting for the union representatives to come back to the negotiation table to discuss and complete the negotiations. Easyjet pay offers its pilots in France a competitive reward and lifestyle package.

"Easyjet maintains its full flying programme on 15, 17 and 19 August 2012. The airline deeply regrets that the SNPL pilots have chosen to threaten travellers with disruption by issuing an industrial action notice, at key dates for holidaymakers. Real time information is available on and the airline will keep its passengers informed.

"We would like to reassure our passengers that the airline will do everything possible to find a solution with its pilots, and avoid any disruption."

Meawhile, Easyjet found itself in the headlines twice last month, firstly when two passengers were removed from an Easyjet plane on the runway at Southend Airport after they had a flight just before take-off.

And, secondly, when an Easyjet flight from Tel Aviv to London had to make an emergency landing in Cyprus after a "drunk and disorderly" man lashed out at an air hostess.

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