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Air Controller Strikes in France to Ground Flights

June 23, 2014

A series of strikes throughout France has reached the two main air traffic controllers’ unions, and Forbes is reporting that "chaos has started to spread" to the nation's airports, in addition to already-disrupted train stations and ferries, affecting thousands of travelers.

The Telegraph notes that a similar walkout last year led to the cancelation of an estimated 1,800 flights per day across Europe. More than 350 flights from easyJet and Ryanair were canceled during that time alone, Forbes reports, with an estimated 6,700 hours of delays across Europe as flights were diverted to other destinations.

The Telegraph estimates that there will be 350 direct flights between Britain and France during the planned strike period.

Officials have reportedly promised that at least half of scheduled flights would be maintained. easyJet's website is reporting that the DGAC (Directorate General for Civil Aviation) met this morning and one union has opted not to strike. Still, the airline warns, an estimated quarter of operations will have to be canceled, including a number of flights specifically from Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Paris Orly, and Paris Charles de Gaulle.

The labor issues began last week when commuter trains around Paris and the region were canceled in a strike that extended to half the TGV fast trains, affecting both domestic and international services.


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