France Transport Disruptions Reach Etihad Elite Flyers

Disruptions caused by French transport strikes today have affected millions, even the top-tier travellers on Etihad Airways’ white-glove service.

The airline has issued an announcement informing passengers that its premium chauffeur service to and from Charles de Gaulle Airport is temporarily unavailable.

“Our team will be available to assist guests on arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport and provide information on the availability of alternative private transportation in Paris, such as metro and train services, which, we are advised, are expected to operate a normal service,” the airline states. “We apologise for the inconvenience caused and expect a regular chauffeur service to resume soon.”

Many airlines have been forced to cancel flights because of the related strikes by French Air Traffic Controllers. The French civil aviation authority DGAC asked that airlines reduce their flights by 20% today stating that disruptions were expected throughout the country.

Ryanair has called on the European Union to set stronger policies which would prevent future strikes by European ATC in future. To illustrate the need for such policies, Ryanair has pointed out that French ATC unions have organised 40 strikes since 2009, and asked EU citizens to sign a petition which the airline will then bring before the European Parliament and European Commission.


Marisa Garcia

After working for sixteen years in aviation, specializing in aircraft interiors design and aviation safety equipment, and getting hands-on with aircraft cabins in hangars around the world, Marisa Garcia turned her expertise into industry insight. She has been reporting on aviation matters since 2014. Every day, she's putting words to work.

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