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France air traffic strike shortened by one day

Airlines are warning that flights to and from France will continue to be affected by a strike by French air traffic controllers.

The strike, which started at 06.00 local time on Tuesday (June 11), is now scheduled to finish at 05.59 on Thursday (June 13) instead of the orginally planned Friday morning.

The French Civil Aviation Authority has told airlines to cut their flights to and from France by 50 per cent until the strike is over on Thursday.

UK airline organisation BATA said in a statement: “The strike by French air traffic controllers is causing disruption for many passengers today (June 11) travelling between the UK and Europe.

“It also has the potential to cause delays on all flights through French airspace tomorrow (June 12), not just those to and from France. Passengers should check with their airlines, normally via the airline’s website, for further advice.”

Air traffic controllers are protesting against plans by the European Union to create a Single European Sky (SES) which they claim will affect public safety and worsen their working conditions.

Ryanair said in a statement: "We have been advised by French authorities that the strike action on the Thursday June 13 has been cancelled and all flights will operate as scheduled."

Rival carrier Easyjet added: "Easyjet and all other airlines operating to and from France have been advised to expect only 50 per cent of normal services, which means we will be required to cancel approximately 128 flights each day."

British Airways said it was also planning to operate a full service on Thursday following the end of the strike.

 

 

 

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