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French ATCs on strike again


Hundreds of flights cancelled in and across France
Hundreds of flights have been cancelled for Thursday as French air traffic controllers go on strike again – on the 44th strike day in France since 2009. The walkout is creating disruption and extensive delays across the continent. It is the third time in a month that French ATCs are on strike.
Thomas Reynaert, managing director of A4E whose members include Air France-KLM, easyJet, Finnair, IAG, Lufthansa, Norwegian and Ryanair, said: “During 2016, ATC strikes in Greece, Italy, Belgium and now again in France have already accumulated up to a full week of disruption. In March and April, the strikes caused over 2,000 cancellations among A4E members and will now hit the 1 million minutes delay mark (more than 16,000 hours) across all airlines operating in European airspace.”
Air France expects to operate all long-haul flights, all flights to and from Paris Charles de Gaulle and 80% of domestic flights to and from Paris Orly.


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