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New round of French strikes

Strikes in France could cause delays

The latest general strike in France could cause disruption to flights to and from France, as well as those travelling through French airspace for the remainder of today (November 16) and into the early hours of Friday morning.

Unions representing air traffic controllers in the country urged members to join today’s strikes, which were called in protest of proposed changes to French labour laws, which President Emmanuel Macron has signed off but need to be debated in parliament. The walk-out began last night at 1800 and will continue until 0500 Friday morning. This is the third strike since September.

Some airlines have announced cancellations and warned of possible delays as a result of the protest, including British Airways, Easyjet and Ryanair.

BA’s website warns passengers due to fly into or out of France and those travelling to Spain and other parts of Europe, that they could face delays and cancellations. The airline is allowing customers to rebook later flights subject to availability to avoid the disruption. It also says it will use larger aircraft where possible to accommodate passengers whose flights have been cancelled.

Easyjet says it plans to operate a normal service where possible, but advises passengers that delays are possible and they should check the status of their flight before leaving for the airport.

Ryanair has cancelled some flights in the wake of the strike and says passengers will receive information and updates on their service via email or mobile (if they provided a number at booking). Customers whose flights are cancelled can apply for a refund or change their flight free of charge, according to a notice on the airline’s website.

In addition, ground transportation in France could be affected by the walk-out, with buses and tram services closed in many towns around the country. SNCF says it expects to run a normal service, but advises passengers to check for delays or cancellations before travelling.

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