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Strike in France Cancels Flights, Closes Eiffel Tower

March 31, 2016 By: Adam Leposa

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A planned 36-hour strike by French air traffic controllers has prompted the cancellation of 20 percent of flights from Paris Orly airport and a third of flights from Marseille, The Guardian reports. Paris Charles De Gaulle was not expected to be affected. 

Ryanair has canceled more than 90 flights, and Easyjet and British Airways are also reporting cancellations, The Guardian said. 

The air traffic controller strike is part of a larger series of protests over government labor reforms that seek to relax the 35 hour workweek and other rules, according to ABC News. The Eiffel Tower is set to be closed all day due to a lack of staff. Rail company SNCF has also warned of disruptions to national and regional service, although international service to London and Brussels is not expected to be affected. 

Travel Waivers

Air France is offering travelers who are booked for a flight on March 31 the chance to postpone their trip until April 2 at no extra cost in the same ticketed cabin. For travelers who wish to postpone their trip beyond April 2, to change their origin or destination, or to cancel, the airline is offering a non-refundable voucher valid for on year on Air France, KLM or Hop

American Airlines has issued a travel waiver for customers traveling on an American Airlines, British Airways or Iberia flight from the following airports: 

  • Bordeaux, France (BOD)
  • Lyon, France (LYS)
  • Marseille Provence, France (MRS)
  • Nantes, France (NTE)
  • Nice, France (NCE)
  • Paris Charles De Gaulle, France (CDG)
  • Paris Orly, France (ORY)
  • Toulouse, France (TLS)

The waiver applies to tickets bought before March 29 and scheduled to travel March 31 to, through or from an affected airport. Customers must travel through April 7. 

Keep visiting for further updates to this developing story. 

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By Adam Leposa | March 31, 2016
An air traffic controller strike and protests over labor reforms are disrupting travel in France. Here's the latest.