Nearly a third of Transavia’s French operations were canceled on Friday and Saturday and a quarter on Sunday, the low-cost carrier said, following a strike called by the union of flight attendants and stewards.
“Transavia France plans to operate 70% of its capacity over the next two days and 75% on Sunday,” a spokesman said. It was initially planned to have 250 to 265 flights a day throughout the weekend.
The social movement began on Thursday and will end on Sunday night, at the call of the minority union SNPNC.
The anger of customers whose flights were cancelled was palpable on social networks, causing lost hotel bookings and ruined holidays, but that was to be expected after two years of the pandemic.
The union rejected recent agreements signed by three other union groups linked to the cabin crew (PNC), including the only representative union, the CGT.
A spokesman for the Air France-KLM subsidiary, which has about 1,400 cabin crew, said the agreement provided for “improved working conditions for fatigue rotations and special purchasing power measures”.
As a result, customer satisfaction bonuses have been increased from €500 to €1,000 per year, as have transport and purchasing power bonuses, which equates to “around 5% increase in low wages,” management said.
Discussion schedules and meeting arrangements have also been developed to ensure “monitoring of so-called fatigue rotations,” according to the company.
The SNPNC is now calling for a general and permanent wage increase, which the company refuses to negotiate until early 2023 because it says it is subject to state-guaranteed loans (PGE).