Air France said today it will reduce its Monday flights by about 50 percent, in anticipation of company pilots' week-long strike.
"We ask (the passengers), if possible, to change their tickets to avoid this period, which is a little uncertain," Francois Gagey, Air France's chief executive, said. Gagey added that the strike will cost Europe's second-largest airline millions each day.
Pilots are striking over Air France's plan to expand "Transavia," a discount unit that aims to compete with lower-cost Middle East carriers. The pilots' union is upset over the company's refusal to honor identical labor contracts for employees who could be transferred to the budget airline.