Most French flights cancelled for third day strike

Unions decided to continue their strike after discussions with France's Environment Ministry on Wednesday failed to find a solution.

Most French flights cancelled for third day strike

Flights in France will be disrupted for a third day on Thursday, the French civil aviation authority said, after talks between air traffic controllers and the government failed to end a strike.

Half of all flights were cancelled at Paris-Orly airport and 15 percent of all flights at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, the DGAC civil aviation authority said in a statement.

But Air France, France's biggest carrier, said on its website it will ensure all of its long-haul flights from Charles de Gaulle and Orly, 85 percent of European and domestic flights from both airports and of domestic and European flights from Orly.

Unions decided to continue their strike after discussions with France's Environment Ministry on Wednesday failed to find a solution.

Unions called a five-day strike starting on Tuesday to protest against a deal on modernising air traffic control signed by Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Unions fear the reforms will lead to layoffs.

Environment Minister Jean-Louis Borloo, who has transport as part of his portfolio, has said the government had proposed that air traffic controllers be involved in the negotiations over the European treaty.

The unions also are protesting against expected budget cuts in 2010 and 2011 as part of a broader government effort to rein in spending.


Reuters

Last Mod: 25 Şubat 2010, 15:17
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