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Flights cancelled as French air traffic controllers strike

Kenzo Tribouillard, AFP | Thursday's strike is the 14th by air traffic controllers this year.

Airlines have been ordered to cancel 15 percent of their Paris flights scheduled for Thursday as air traffic controllers join a national public sector strike, France's DGAC civil aviation authority said.

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Airlines have been asked to cut their flights to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Beauvais airports on September 15, the authority said in a statement on Tuesday.

The DGAC said disruptions were also expected at airports elsewhere in France.

Air France, the country’s national carrier, said in a statement the strike would have a “limited” impact on its services.

“We plan to operate all of our long-haul flights, 95% of our domestic and medium-haul flights at Charles de Gaulle, and 77% of flights at Paris Orly,” the airline said.

Foreign companies that fly to France or through French airspace have announced several cancellations.

Ryanair said it had cancelled 22 flights on Wednesday night and 72 for Thursday.

British Airways (BA) has also cancelled flights but declined to specify how many.

"Unfortunately, if the threatened strike does go ahead, we will have to cancel some flights, and other short haul flights may also experience some delays and disruption, given how many flights would normally use French airspace each day," BA told the BBC.

Passengers should seek further information from their airlines on the status of their flights, it advised.

Thursday's strike is the 14th by air traffic controllers since the start of 2016, a particularly restive year for French unions.

Public sector unions have issued a strike call in a bid to renew protests against a controversial labour law that was forced through parliament in July, without a vote.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)
 

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