A strike by French air security staff is continuing for a fourth consecutive day after causing a weekend of major disruption to outgoing flights from Paris, Lyon and Toulouse airports.
While the authorities say the situation for passengers should improve, at Lyon at least 30 per cent of flights are likely to be cancelled today.
In what is normally one of the busiest weekends for travel in the run-up to Christmas, passengers found themselves stranded with little information over when they were likely to get away.
One passenger complained:“I was really looking forward to this week’s break with my children, but now I’m afraid it’s all gone up in smoke.”
Another was more angry: “Like many others, we’ve booked a hotel which won’t be reimbursed by the air company. So they’re striking for more money but making us lose ours… and they want support for their cause on top of it!”
The industrial action is over calls for better working conditions and higher pay. Talks between trade union representatives and employers are said to have stalled. It is not known how long the walkout will continue.