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Oct 12th strike and now Oct 16th protest

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Oct 12th strike and now Oct 16th protest

Can anyone please advise how the strike and protest might affect our trip to Nice and Provence.

We were able to change our flight to arrive Nice on Oct 11th however our travelling companions weren't and will be arriving Nice on Oct 12th. Their plan is to take the 98 bus to the main bus station - will that be possible ? if not will taxis be available? Just read that Oct 16th has be marked as a protest day....any idea how that will affect us picking up our rental car in Nice and driving to Gordes??? thanks for any info - regards Maggey

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1. Re: Oct 12th strike and now Oct 16th protest

It is not always clear in advance what will be affected but the private sector is not usually involved and taxi drivers hope to make some extra money. On a recent protest day there were a few trains and what seemed to be the normal bus service along the coast but none, including the airport buses, running within Nice. On another day I went to get the train from the airport to find none running and returned to the airport to get a taxi only to discover bus 98 just about to leave. You say that your friends arrive on the 12th but on the last day of action most flights were cancelled due to strikes by air traffic control staff. Friends of ours flying from the UK were given an alternative travel date five days later, which is not much use if your are planning a seven day holiday. There should be no problem picking up your rental car but parts of Nice will be closed off to traffic for a few hours due to the usual, normally good humoured, protest march.

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2. Re: Oct 12th strike and now Oct 16th protest

hi Maggey -as yet cancellation details for flights aren't known - EXCEPT for ryanair who have cancelled the dublin -nice flight and a host of flights in and out of marseille.,

on previous strikes

Easyjet cancelled some flights , Air france cancelled some and other companies had a near normal service with slight delays.

Bus 98 is running but timetable is disrupted so they should manage to get the bus but shouldn't expect it to leave at normal times.

Taxis will be running normally but a wait in a queue may be needed as there will be a greater demand

On the 16th -picking the car up should be fine but some streets will be affected by the demo and closed to traffic

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3. Re: Oct 12th strike and now Oct 16th protest

We were due to fly with Easyjet from Edinburgh to Nice on 12th and returning home on Saturday, 16th. We got notification last night that our flight has been cancelled for the 12th. We were offered alternative flights. However, the only other time we could have gone was Thursday, but felt it would not be worth it to go for two nights. Also, there could be the possibility of backlog flights, thus causing delays. Unfortunately, because we both work in education, we will have to wait until Easter.

Easyjet have offered us a refund on our flights, however we were not so lucky with our hotel and have lost the full amount for this.

Good luck to all who manage to get to Nice.

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4. Re: Oct 12th strike and now Oct 16th protest

LDunlop -rotten news about the flights being cancelled and your wasted holiday.

Its always harder to deal with flight disruptions at the end and beginning of the season when there are fewer flights per week.

this year the newcastle and edinburgfh flights are on the same day, whereas they were previously alternate days which made it a bit easier to travel during flight problems, if still inconvenient.

which hotel were you staying in that required you to pay in full?

Edited: 09 October 2010, 14:23
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5. Re: Oct 12th strike and now Oct 16th protest

Thank you for your information ! Our friends are travelling on British Airways London to Nice Oct 12th . As of yet they have not been advised of any cancellations. I'll tell them to get in touch with BA . Thanks again and fingers crossed the disruptions will be minimal !!!!!

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6. Re: Oct 12th strike and now Oct 16th protest

BA currently say flights are operating normally london-nice on the 12th

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We had booked via Travel Republic to stay at the Kyriad Nice Vieux Port Hotel. We had booked it back in February. We usually stay at the All Seasons next door, but they did not have a triple room available. At least we'll get a full refund via Easyjet and also car parking. Not worth claiming through insurance, as there is a £200 excess. Although I must say in the 30 odd years we've been travelling we've been really lucky. We just missed the volcanic ash problem by a day, as we arrived back from Berlin the day before.

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We avoided being stranded in Nice last time by flying with BA the evening before the strike. It wsn't cheap but was much cheaper than it would have been in the days following the strike. It would be worth a try as you will lose the cost of the hotel.

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9. Re: Oct 12th strike and now Oct 16th protest

I have lost several trips this year due to actions of pampered French workers (I'm trying to be polite. My true feelings about French labour unions are unprintable) . The spread of consequences depends a lot who you fly with as to how far either side of the "core" down time you are likely to be affected.

BA seem determined to get people in and out if they can, Easyjet much less so and Ryanair not at all. With fewer planes, tight turnaround times, and a hands-free "refund / re-book" function online, Easyjet readily abandons travellers a half day either side of the strike day (which runs usually from 10pm - thru next day)

In September's action, the first day-after-strike Easyjet flew into Nice from Gatwick was the 13.55 Both the day after 06:something and 10: something were cancelled - planes and crew "in the wrong place". Every available seat for days had been allocated to earlier cancelled passengers. People were writing off the whole trip, despite not being booked during "strike day"

My only advice is to steer well clear of travel either side of known strike days. We live in a time when few travel arrangements can be assumed wholly reliable (apart from taxis - thanks to free enterprise and capitalism)

The French Senate has just passed the extension of official retirement age in France from 60 to 62. (At a time when the UK retirement age of 65 looks under threat) Expect red flags throughout Europe for some time to come.

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10. Re: Oct 12th strike and now Oct 16th protest

Unfortunately, the unions announce strike dates just weeks before you're scheduled to travel. After months and months of planning, very frustrating and disappointing as us "travellers" have no recourse.

Hopefully BA will operate as scheduled on the 12th and our friends will arrive on time .... though I'm pretty sure there'll be disruptions.

I'm glad we're able to arrive Nice on the 11th! Maggey