FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Traveling to France in Early 2024? You Might Want to Know …

by Aoife O’Riordan

Nov 8, 2023

© Sasinparaksa | Dreamstime.com

eFlyer Lead

French air traffic control plans to totally overhaul its outdated system (first developed in the 1970s) in January and February 2024. The planned changes come as a result of rapid growth in air traffic.

Around $1 billion will be invested to improve France’s air traffic control system, allowing the system to handle more flights and operate more efficiently. The operation to overhaul the system is so large, it’s estimated about 80 percent of the system will be upgraded.

As a result, January and February 2024 will prove tricky for travelers flying into, out of and within France. An estimated 16,500 flights will be canceled, particularly between Jan. 9 and Feb. 14 at airports in and around Paris. Airlines have been advised to reduce the number of flights taking off and landing at Paris (CDG), Paris-Orly (ORY), Le Bourget (LBG) and Beauvais (BVA) by 20 percent. These disruptions could affect journeys across Europe, not just within France.

Between these dates, the new system will be tested at the air traffic control center in Athies-Mons.

So, which flights will face cancellation as the system undergoes an upgrade? Air France intends to cancel certain short- and medium-haul flights, more than 4,200 in total. Air France stated they will offer passengers on canceled flights transfers to different flights on the same day.

The new software has already been installed at air traffic control centers in Reims and Aix-en-Provence. The largest test of the new system’s success will come after its work in Athies-Mons.

After being tested over a six-week period in January and February, the new system plans to officially roll out in November 2024.

Travelers with booked flights to France in January and February 2024 should check with airlines to receive updates on status. While most flights impacted will be short- and medium-haul flights, travelers planning trips to and within France should visit airlines’ official websites. At time of reporting, long-haul flights are not expected to be impacted, as they will be prioritized. 

Do you have an upcoming trip planned to France? Will these disruptions affect your travels? Tell us your thoughts. Email us at [email protected]. Please include your full name and location.


FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Explore Excursions


Insta Feed
Feb 20, 2024

Azerai Ke Ga Bay: Secluded Serenity on Vietnam’s Southeastern Coast

Two and a half hours beyond Ho Chi Minh City, via a newly constructed highway, Azerai Ke Ga Bay in Vietnam’s Binh Thuan province opens the gate to a corner of the country waiting to be discovered. The careful planning and sustainable development of Azerai Ke Ga Bay has already made a strong impression as an award-nominated and -winning pioneer of 5-star boutique hospitality in this emerging destination, drawing in an adventurous new generation of affluent international guests.

Unearth Seoul’s Hidden Gems

Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.

Feb 20, 2024

Why Queensland, Australia, Should Be on Your 2024 Travel List

Set your sights on Australia this year as Queensland prepares to welcome some neat hotels and experiences in 2024. In fact, it’s easier than ever to reach the region thanks to a new, non-stop American Airlines flight from Dallas (DFW) to Brisbane (BNE) beginning this October.

Feb 20, 2024

5 Wellness Experiences with Alila Hotels

Alila Hotels & Resorts, part of Hyatt’s Boundless Collection, offers travelers a series of new, immersive wellness experiences at its properties around the world through its Alila Journeys program.

Experience Luxury and Tranquility at Hamad International Airport’s Hotel

Known as one of the best airports in the world and voted Best Airport in the Middle East by Global Traveler readers, Hamad International Airport aims to set new standards for the airport industry that exceed the expectations of travelers through its facility.

Feb 19, 2024

Villa Rossi in Ivrea, Italy: UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ivrea is a town and comune of the City of Turino in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy. In 2018, it was included in the buffer zone of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ivrea, the Industrial City of the 20th Century.

Feb 16, 2024

Celebrate National Margarita Day with Hilton Cancun Mar Caribe

The resort offers several thoughtfully crafted artisanal cocktails to celebrate National Margarita Day or any day; however, if you can’t make it to Cancún this month, shake up two of Hilton Cancun Mar Caribe’s margaritas at home with these recipes.

Travel Tips to Help Protect Your Health and Your Trip

Five Tips to Help Minimize Potential Travel Problems

Feb 15, 2024

Go on This “Around the World in 80 Days” Rail Journey Across 4 Continents

In Europe, Asia and North America, rail travel for touristic purposes is becoming more popular  than ever. Earlier this year, Railbookers, which offers a collection of independent rail vacation itineraries featuring sought-after destinations in the United States and around the world, announced its upscale Around the World by Luxury Train itinerary, which will take travelers across the globe to 13 countries, four continents and more than 20 cities as they enjoy the best accommodations, dining and sightseeing by train for 80 days, all onboard the finest rail accommodations on the world’s most luxurious trains.