France: Air Traffic Control Strike

Friday, September 24, 2010
By George Hatcher

French air traffic controllers are on strike.

Strikers are protesting France’s pension reform that would raise the country’s state pension age for all workers in France from 60 to 62 by 2018. Although public announcements tried to assert that only short haul travel would be affected most strongly, air travel has come to standstill. British Airways has cancelled 90% of flights to France, and Ryanair has also cancelled flights over French airspace. Easyjet cancelled 61 flights; Iberia cancelled 34 flights yesterday alone.

Spanish airports report some delays.

French train service has also ground to a halt.

Reports are that the general strike in France affect French airspace until 0600 hours on Friday, September 24.

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