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Greater than 1,000 flights have been cancelled in France right now (September 16) as the results of an air visitors management strike which is able to final till 06:00 tomorrow. 

Aviation authority the Path générale de l’aviation civile (DGAC) requested airways to chop their schedules in half to assist handle the results of the strike, however nonetheless warned of “extreme” disruption and inspired passengers to postpone their journeys if potential. 

Learn extra: Strike motion to floor one in each two flights in France on Friday

The Syndicat nationwide des contrôleurs du trafic aérien (SNCTA) air visitors management union has additionally known as three further strike days on Wednesday, September 28, Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30. 

Learn extra: French air visitors controllers announce three extra strike days

Nonetheless, these could also be known as off if an settlement is reached.

Which airways have cancelled flights? 

Air France has cancelled 55% of its brief and medium-haul flights right now, together with 10% of its long-haul providers. 

Ryanair, for its half, has cancelled 420 flights, and criticised an “unjustified” strike affecting 80,000 passengers in France and throughout Europe.

Low-cost airline Transavia grounded 140 flights, and EasyJet mentioned it had cancelled “a whole lot”.

Airways have mentioned that affected passengers have been notified individually. 

In case your flight is cancelled because of this strike, you’ll usually be entitled to a full refund or a seat on one other flight if practicable. 

As a result of the strike is being carried out by airport and never airline employees, the delays and cancellations are technically out of the airline’s management and so you wouldn’t usually be entitled to compensation. 

The DGAC has mentioned that it’s working with Eurocontrol to minimise disruption to flights which needs to be passing over French airspace, suggesting methods of avoiding the nation. 

What’s the strike about? 

SNCTA is asking for an worker pay rise, contemplating France’s excessive inflation charge, in addition to the recruitment of recent air visitors controllers. 

In a press release, it mentioned: “Between 2029 and 2035, one third of the [air traffic control] workforce is retiring.” This equates to 1,200 controllers.

“It’s crucial that we anticipate and plan recruitment.

“If not, the implications might be inevitable by way of the general public service, working circumstances and adaptability.” 

The union added {that a} lack of ahead planning by way of recruitment will imply a “appreciable decline within the stage of public service offered.” 

How is the strike affecting totally different airports? 

All of France’s airports are being impacted by the strike. 

In Good, for instance, half of flights are cancelled and plenty of others are delayed. The airport is advising passengers to verify for data on its web site or app, the place all of the cancellations are detailed.

“As well as, the flights which aren’t cancelled threat being delayed due to the disorganisation brought on by the strike,” it mentioned.

Marseille-Provence has introduced that 55 flights have been cancelled – 38% of these scheduled – and Marignane has needed to floor 140, or 40% of these programmed. 

The scenario might proceed to evolve because the day wears on.

The airport has mentioned that long-haul flights shouldn’t be as badly affected, however that passengers ought to verify their reservation with the airline if they’re not sure.

Some 12 flights heading for Lille have been cancelled, in addition to 12 leaving Lille. 

Bordeaux Airport can be telling passengers to verify with their airline in regards to the standing of their flight, and Montpellier has all of the cancelled flights displayed on its web site. 

Paris-Orly and Charles de Gaulle have warned of “many” cancellations and delays.

Strike is ‘regrettable’ says airport union

“It at all times falls at a nasty time; it’s regrettable as a result of we’re simply build up our visitors once more” after Covid, Thomas Juin, president of the Union des aéroports français and director of La Rochelle airport informed Franceinfo.

He added that the calls for of air visitors controllers are “fully comprehensible contemplating the evolution of shopping for energy and inflation,” however that “it’s by no means the answer to interrupt visitors.

“It’s actually essential that exercise can get again to regular.”

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