Impact from todays ATC French strike is looking worse than usual.
As things stand at 0600Z, there are a total of 400,000 delay minutes attributed to ATC Industrial Action in the ATC system for Europe, an average of 20 minutes for every flight in Europe. That average is calculated for all 22,000 aircraft that will operate today in Europe, so assuming at most 2000 flights would operate through French airspace, it works out at around 220 minutes delay for every aircraft. And yep, finishing off the maths, that’s about 4 hours.
Those figures are pretty fluid because the good people at NM (CFMU) work really hard to reroute flights around the worst of it, but it’s safe to say, if you are operating in, over, near, or thinking about France today, you will have a pretty decent delay.
See below for the best places to get updates on todays strike.
Several ATC unions have called for a national strike, affecting French airports and airspace from Monday evening at 1700UTC (Oct 9) through Wednesday at 0400UTC (Oct 11).
All FIRs are experiencing high delays.
Impact expected to the FIR’s per current (10OCT) information are as follows:
LFRR/Brest Experiencing high delays
LFFF/Paris All sectors experiencing delays with highest delays in the west. Situation is starting to show signs of improvement.
LFEE/Reims All sectors experiencing delays with highest delays in the East and North
LFBB/Bordeaux Some high delays and with no ease forseen
LFMM/Marseille High delays all around. Regulations will be in place until a least 2359UTC
The following routes are available:
Tango 9 Global and Tango 213 Global, UM30 and UZ180 are fully available.
T9 is still dealing with alot of delays.
LFPG/Paris DeGaulle and LFPO/Paris Orly are experiencing delays and there is a 30% capacity reduction in both airports plus at the following airports:
LFOB/Beauvais, LFLL/Lyon, LFML/Marseille, LFMN/Nice, LFBO/Toulouse and LFRS/Nantes
LFSB/Basel – unconfirmed as of yet but may be used as an alternate
LFPB /Paris-Le Bourget will not be affected.
Expect high impact. Ops over or to France are best avoided today.
We will continue to post any further information here as soon as received.
Notification has been given by French ATC Unions of a Three Day Strike this coming weekend from Friday-Monday, starting at 0400Z Friday 03JUN. This is Strike number 8 this year, and if it goes ahead, promises to be a disruptive one.
As with all previous strikes, reroutes if you are overflying will be important.
Reroutes via Tunisia, Algeria
Tunisia and Algeria regularly open up their airspace to reroutes during French ATC action – and will likely do so again for this strike.
- Tunisia (DTTC FIR): Overflight permit is required (AFTN direct DTTVYAYX)
- Algeria (DAAA FIR): Overflight permit not required during this strike but copy FPL to DAAAZQZX and DTTCZQZX
Reroutes via Shanwick Airspace
Read our earlier post on this: https://ops.group/blog/the-three-sisters-shanwicks-tango-routes/