French ATC Strike Causing Flight Cancellations

A five-day strike by some French air traffic controllers has led to the cancellation of over 1,000 flights. Flights to and from French airports are affected, plus some flights using the country’s airspace, as controllers in Brest and Bordeaux strike until 7:00 pm on Friday. The strikers will be joined by colleagues in the south of France, who will strike from 5:00 am on Tuesday until 5:00 am on Friday.

Air France said that over 93 percent of its Paris CDG flights will operate on Tuesday, but only 74 percent of Orly domestic flights. Flight schedules will be updated on a day-by-day basis, the airline said.

The French controllers claim they don’t get the same level of pay as some other European countries, and have longer working hours.

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