Hundreds of Flights Cancelled in French Air Strike

By Paul Riegler on 24 June 2014
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DSC_0223French officials are warning travelers to expect chaotic conditions as a wave of strikes that also included a national railway strike continued.

The country’s two main air traffic controllers’ unions are protesting a proposed pension system, budget cuts, and a major change in how air-traffic control is managed.

An ongoing dispute is over the European Commission’s Single European Sky II+ program, which called for doing away with national monopolies in air-traffic control and for the “application of normal procurement rules to ensure a transparent selection of the provider offering the best cost/benefit ratio,” among other changes.  The Commission says that the initiative will increase overall capacity, reduce delays, lower emissions, and cut fuel costs, all while saving €5 billion per year without compromising safety.

Last year, in a similar dispute, over 350 flights from the two main low-cost airlines alone, easyJet and Ryanair, were canceled.  Passengers faced significant delays across Europe as flights were rerouted, delayed, and cancelled.

On its web site, easyJet said to expect problems “for 6 days between 24th-30th June across France which will severely impact flights to and from France and this may also affect flights over French airspace. The DGAC (Directorate General for Civil Aviation) will meet on Monday morning and we expect them to advise us to cancel 50% of our flights in and out of France.”

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