French Air Traffic Controllers' Strike
French air traffic controllers' strike : French Air traffic controllers are expected to launch a two-day strike over working conditions, collapsing hundreds of flights at certain airports in France. "Disruption is expected over the whole country," warned the French Civil Aviation Authority DGAC, which has requested companies to cancel about 40% of their scheduled flights as a preventative measure. On Wednesday flag carrier Air France expects major traffic disruptions on its short-haul network from Orly and other French airports, however they warned of "very severe disruption" to its flight schedule.
Another aviation company, low-cost operator Ryanair said they had to cancel more than 250 flights due to the industrial action: "It's grossly unfair that thousands of European travellers will once again have their travel plans disrupted by the selfish actions of a tiny number of French ... workers". By surprise, situation in Paris airports terminals was relatively calm. As media says, "The companies have done what was needed. For the moment, there are no difficulties".
France’s largest air traffic controllers union SNCTA called for the two-day walk out over the specific working and retirement conditions of their members. A specific purpose is to push back of the retirement age for air traffic controllers from 57 to 59. Aviation association strongly criticized the strike, saying it would "essentially punish French-based airlines and their sub-contractors". The SNCTA union had originally menaced to go on strike earlier but postponed that industrial action in the wake of the Germanwings crash. Further industrial action is planned from April 16 to 18 and from April 29 to May 2.
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