Air France Strike Continues for Third Day; Government Calls for End

Reuters is reporting that the French government has called for an end to the Air France pilots strike, now in its third day, as the dispute over cost cuts threatened 60 percent of the airline's flights on Wednesday.

Flight schedules on the airline's website have been updated to reflect the most recent changes.

As reported earlier this week, Air France is encouraging passengers traveling through September 22 to change their flight plans. Flights can be postponed to a date between September 23 to 30 at no extra cost. Those who want to travel after September 30 or who no longer wish to travel to that destination, or at all, are entitled to a non-refundable voucher.

Air France flights operated by other airlines, including HOP, KLM and Delta, are not affected by the strike.

During an interview with France Inter radio, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that the strike was "weighing heavily" on both the airline and the "image" of France as a nation, Reuters reports. 

"No one understands what this strike is about," the Prime Minister added.

His comments come a day after the government won a confidence vote in parliament by a thin margin, with Valls telling deputies that France needed pro-business reforms but without compromising the country's social model.