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Air traffic control disputes disrupt holiday flights

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Air traffic control disputes disrupt holiday flights


Up to 20 per cent of flights into Paris, Charles de Gaulle airport and 50 per cent of flights into Orly are facing cancellation tonight due to a planned walk-out by air traffic controllers.

The strike is scheduled to last until Thursday morning.

The French DGAC civil aviation authority is advising would-be travellers to contact their airlines.

Stormy weather is also forecast which is likely to add to the disruption.

The dispute centres around plans to integrate French air traffic control into a European system.

In Spain passengers are also facing delays and cancellations due to an unofficial work-to-rule by air traffic controllers over working conditions and pay cuts. They are disrupting flights by calling in sick shortly before they are due to go on shift.

Last night, a shortgae of 21 controllers led to long delays. During the day 39 others failed to turn up for work, prompting an angry response from government ministers.

Octavio Granado, the Spanish Social Security Secretary of State siad: “Statistically it is almost impossible to have such a number of sick leaves all at the same time.”

The government is now considering changes to sick leave laws to stamp out the practice.

The Infrastructure Ministry is threatening to take legal action against the unions for causing what a spokesman said was “serious damage” to the country.

Access the euronews website for airport and hotel contact numbers and all the latest developments in the air traffic control disputes.

  • Aéroports de Paris – Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport & Paris-Orly Airport
  • +33 1 70 36 39 50

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