More than 15,000 Air France cabin crew staff continued their strike for a third day on Monday, grounding approximately 15 percent of services—including long-haul trips to Atlanta, Los Angeles, Montreal and Washington.
BusinessWeek is reporting that cabin-crew unions have called a strike through to Wednesday, spanning the All Saints Day holiday, one of France’s busiest travel periods, as they seek to halt plans to cut staff levels on Airbus SAS single-aisle jets. Air France is seeking to cut costs after an earnings slump forced the departure this month of Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, its chief executive officer.
At Paris’s Charles de Gaulle hub, 44 medium-haul and four long-haul flights had been cancelled as of early Monday, an airport source told AFP (via the Montreal Gazette), and other flights were facing an average delay of 45 minutes. At Orly, Paris’s other major airport, 20 Air France flights were cancelled and 92 went ahead as scheduled, an airport source said. Flights from Charles de Gaulle to Montreal, Abu Dhabi and Atlanta were also expected to be cancelled on Tuesday.
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