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© AFP / Kenzo Tribouillard (file photo) | Passengers walk through the Air France check-in hall at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport on September 15, 2014.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-03-06

France's civil aviation authority recommended Friday that airlines reduce their flights to the country’s southern and western regions because of a planned air-traffic controller strike.

The DGAC, France’s civil aviation authority, announced in a statement that the strike would affect 25 percent of flights to the south and 33 percent of flights to the west. The strike is expected to affect flyover routes as well as direct flights to those regions, the statement said.

Air France told AFP Friday that it was guaranteeing 100 percent of its long-distance flights, 99 percent of its mid-distance flights, and 80 percent of domestic connections. However, the airline warned that delays were possible.

The low-cost airline EasyJet has cancelled 38 of its flights for Monday, the website air-journal.fr reported on Saturday.

The strike was called by UNSA, the third-largest union of air-traffic controllers in France. It is scheduled for next Monday to Friday in the western cities of Brest and Bordeaux, and for next Tuesday to Thursday in the southern city of Aix-en-Provence.

The union says its demands about work hours have not been respected by French aviation authorities.

French Transport Minister Alain Vidalies on Saturday condemned the demands as “largely incomprehensible”.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
 

Date created : 2017-03-04

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