Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 01 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Coverage of Gaza in the Israeli media

Read more

REPORTERS

1914-1918: The Depths of Hell

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 01 August 2014

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Exclusive: Israel's US ambassador speaks to FRANCE 24

Read more

#THE 51%

World War One: The war that changed women’s lives

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Ségolène Royal goes for green

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

A look back at some of the Observers' best stories

Read more

DEBATE

Argentina Defaults: Kirchner Cries Foul Over 'Vulture Funds' (part 2)

Read more

  • Hamas denies capturing Israeli soldier as Gaza truce lies in tatters

    Read more

  • Scores killed in China factory explosion

    Read more

  • Exclusive: Israel's US ambassador speaks to FRANCE 24

    Read more

  • Police 'chokehold' caused NYC death, coroner rules

    Read more

  • French most keen to erase their online footprint, says Google

    Read more

  • Air France ground workers to strike on August 2

    Read more

  • Rogue general denies Islamist seizure of Benghazi

    Read more

  • Ugandan court strikes down anti-gay legislation

    Read more

  • 1914-1918: The Depths of Hell

    Read more

  • Regional summit to tackle deadly Ebola outbreak

    Read more

  • French hospital to open wine bar for terminally ill patients

    Read more

  • Video: Tipping is dying out in French café culture

    Read more

  • €2.5 million in cocaine ‘disappears’ from Paris police HQ

    Read more

  • Appeal court keeps French rogue trader Kerviel in jail

    Read more

  • Interactive: France’s new plan to counter jihadism in Africa

    Read more

  • Ukrainian army suffers losses in separatist attack

    Read more

France

Air traffic back to normal after strike ends at Paris airports

Video by Philip CROWTHER

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-07-22

Air traffic in and out of France returned to normal on Thursday after traffic controllers ended a 24-hour strike that heavily disrupted flights in major French airports even as travellers prepared to leave for the summer break.

Traffic was normal on Thursday morning at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports following a 24-hour strike by air traffic controllers that sparked travel chaos in major French airports as many were leaving for their summer holidays.

France’s civil aviation authority asked airlines to scrap 20 percent of flights Wednesday at Charles de Gaulle airport and 50 percent at the smaller Orly airport.

Short and medium-haul flights were the most affected, while long-haul flights remained scheduled to run normally.

Single European Sky


France’s controllers were on strike over a plan to unify European airspace. France is set to join Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg to create a regional authority, the Functional Airspace Block Europe Central (FABEC).

The Single European Sky concept is meant to ensure greater efficiency and deal with a projected increase in traffic by allowing planes to fly more direct routes across the continent.

But French air traffic controllers are worried about the social consequences of the plan, including the "dismantlement" of France's national air traffic control.

French Junior Transport Minister Dominique Bussereau called the strike “inappropriate”. Meanwhile, Ecology Minister Jean-Louis Borloo defended the plan for European airspace. “For security, CO2 [emissions], and reducing the use of fuel, it is necessary for the European airspace to evolve”, he said.

 

Date created : 2010-07-22

  • FRANCE

    Air traffic controllers' strike sparks travel chaos

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Information for travellers during air traffic controller strike

    Read more

COMMENT(S)