French air traffic control strike halted

26 Jun 2014 by GrahamSmith

A six-day strike by air traffic controllers in France has been called off.

The industrial action, which began on Tuesday, was halted late last night. It had been due to last until Sunday.

It disrupted thousands of passengers flying to, from and over France during the last two days.

Easyjet and Ryanair were both forced to cancel and delay hundreds of services.

Easyjet this morning said it was expecting "a fairly normal operating day" today.

In a statement, the airline said: "The level of disruption caused over the last two days is likely to have some knock-on effect throughout today, so regrettably we could still see a number of delays while we fully recover, but we are working hard to minimise any impact to our customers."

Ryanair said all of its scheduled flights on Thursday would operate as normal.

More than 60 per cent of the 4,000 members of the SNCTA and UNSA-INCA unions voted in favour of industrial action last week (see news, June 20).

The strike came ahead of a June 30 deadline for the French government to outline its air sector budget plans for the next five years to the European Commission.

The strikers were protesting planned budgetary cuts from next year until 2019, cuts that are part of the EC's Single Sky Europe policy to reduce air navigation costs by rearranging airspace into "functional blocks".

Graham Smith

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