Easyjet makes hay while the sun goes down on Air France

Courtesy Easyjet

Courtesy Easyjet

Air France caneelled 248 flights midweek when French air traffic controllers went on strike for two days.  Easyjet moves in to fill the gap, offering alternative options and operating “rescue” flights with bigger planes to accommodate affected passengers. More strikes are anticipated to follow.

On previous occasions when legacy airlines such as Air France and Lufthansa workers went on strike, budget carriers such as EasyJet and Ryanair benefited from the fallout. Unfortunately this time for Ryanair, its flights too were affected by the industrial action.

The situation opens a window for Easyjet to not only reap a windfall but also gain loyalty from new switchovers. It is the best advertisement it can splash, being the good guy rallying to come to the aid of stranded passengers, as when an Easyjet spokesman said: “Easyjet recognises that there are a number of passengers across the network who have been affected by these cancellations and still require flights as soon as possible.”

So when the sun goes down on Air France, EasyJet makes hay.

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About Dingzi
Writer by passion, with professional expertise in aviation, customer service and creative writing. Aviation veteran, author, editor and management consultant. Besides commentary on business issues and life-interest topics, travel stories and book reviews, genres include fiction, poetry and plays. Nature lover who abhors cruelty of any form to animals, and a tireless traveler. Above all, a dreamer.

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