Air France passengers worldwide face four days of major disruption as pilots strike over plans to raise their retirement age from 60 to 65.
Air France has warned of widespread cancellations.
Those affected will be offered compensation, refunds or travel at a later date.
French Transport Minister Dominique Bussereau insists that under the new rules pilots wishing to stop work at 60 will still be able to do so. But the main pilots union in Air France, the SNPL, argues that those taking up this offer will lose some of the rights they enjoy today.
The company says the pilots’ actions will cost it 100 million euros and seriously damage passengers’ trust in Air France.
“They won’t get anything more,” said Air France-KLM Chief Executive Jean-Cyril Spinetta. He described the strike as “useless” and “dangerous.”
The legislation will be examined by France’s Senate on Monday. In the meantime, many would-be travellers will find themselves going – nowhere.