French air traffic controllers go on strike
French air traffic controllers go on strikeHolidaymakers face airport misery right at the start of the school summer holidays as French air traffic controllers launch a strike starting tonight (Tuesday 20 July).
According to Press Association, France's civil aviation authority said it asked airlines to cancel 20 per cent of flights on Wednesday (21 July) at Charles de Gaulle airport and 50 per cent at the smaller Orly airport. Unions say the strike is to end early on Thursday (22 July).
Unions of air traffic controllers say they are protesting over a law integrating French air traffic control into a European system. The Single European Sky concept is meant to ensure greater efficiency and deal with a projected increase in traffic. However, French air traffic controllers say they are worried about how it will affect them.
The national carrier Air France said all its long-haul flights were scheduled to run normally on Wednesday, 80 per cent of its short and medium-haul routes would operate at Paris Charles de Gaulle, while 50 per cent of its short- and medium-haul flights would run at Paris Orly.
Air France added that some cancellations could not be ruled out during Wednesday and that some flights may also be delayed.
Holidaymakers in France
are advised to check with their airlines for more information.
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