Air France is claiming that although there has been some disruption to services caused by a walk out by cabin crew, the result has not been as damaging as was expected. The airline had said it was aiming to keep 80 per cent of services in the air over Saturday and Sunday. In the end, the carrier claimed it had managed to keep that figure closer to 90 per cent.
Today, it said it expected to cancel around 15 per cent of scheduled services. The strike, which has come about after a row over working conditions, is set to last until Wednesday.
Air France has said that it is disappointed that unions have chosen such a busy period to call members out on strike. As well as being the middle of the school holidays, Tuesday is a national holiday. Many therefore will have taken today off to give themselves a mini break.
Air France-KLM, the mega-airline formed in 2004 when the French flag carrier joined up with Dutch giant KLM, is the largest European airline in terms of revenues generated. The strike action is only currently affecting the French arm of the company.
Minister for the government, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, said the timing of the cabin crew strike was inexcusable, and came at a time when the airline is in a fragile position. Next week, Air France will deliver its latest financial results. Although the carrier is being tight-lipped, there are rumours that the results will include a warning about end of year profits.