Travelore News: Expect Cancellations Due To Air traffic Controller Strike In France
Following Lufthansa in Germany, another EU country is harassing airline passengers with frustration, delays and cancellations. The SNCTA union - France's largest - has called a nationwide air traffic controller strike in France for today, Wednesday and tomorrow Thursday. The reason:A dispute over working conditions.
Hundreds of flights have been cancelled ahead of a planned strike by French air traffic controllers today.
The DGAC civil aviation authority has asked airlines to cut their schedules for flights to and from France on Wednesday by 40%. Short-haul flights are expected to be worst affected. "Disruption is expected over the whole country," the DGAC said in a statement.
Travelers have been advised to contact their airline. Low-cost airline Ryanair says it has had to cancel more than 250 flights, with further cancellations likely.
A particular grievance for the SNCTA is the raising of the retirement age for air traffic controllers by two years to 59. Further action is planned between 16-18 April and 29 April-2 May.