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Rail strike follows air disruption in France

Rail strike follows air disruption in France
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As air traffic controllers ended their strike on Thursday morning in France, rail workers started their own.

Employees of the French railway network (SNCF) announced a walkout that is due to last until Friday, June 14, 08:00 CET.

Rail traffic will be partially disrupted on the network during the strike, with only 40 percent of trains running on Thursday.

It is expected that half of trains from France to Switzerland and one-third of the trains to Italy will operate as normal.

The Eurostar linking Paris and London, the Thalys service to Amsterdam and Brussels, and Alléo trains to Germany will provide a normal service.

The rail workers are protesting against the proposed reform of the railway system: the government is planning to divide the endebted SNCF into three divisions, which rail employees say would lead to the collapse of the railway system.

SNCF employs 150, 000 people in France, a country in which 15,000 trains circulate every day.

Also read:Find SNCF updates as strike hits French railways

Summary of air traffic controllers strike

On Tuesday, the General Direction of Civil Aviation (DGAC) asked airlines to cancel 50 percent of their services.

On Wednesday – the 2nd day of the strike – about 1,800 flights were cancelled.

According to the website,, Air France cancelled the most flights yesterday – a total of 522. On Tuesday it was even worse with 539 cancelled flights.

The same website liss cancellations by origin and by destination airport.

Disruptions around Europe

The French air traffic controllers strike disrupted European skies for two days.

Workers are concerned that European Union plans for a “Single European Sky” will adversely affect their working conditions.

France’s Minister of Transport, Frederic Cuvillier, announced that the strike notice was lifted for June 13th because Paris and Berlin both asked the European Commission to defer its “Single European Sky” plan deregulating Europe’s air traffic services.

Eurocontrol map displaying the delayed flights above Europe. Delays over 45 minutes are in red

  • Air traffic on Wednesday 12/06/2013

  • Air Traffic on Thursday 13/06/2013

The French Aerial Navigation Service Directory posted on Wednesday on its website the following information regarding the status of the air traffic strike:

  • Lyon St Exupéry: Minimum service maintained
  • Le Mans,Saint Nazaire: Air Traffic Services closed
  • Paris Orly Minimum service maintained until 17h00 UTC and probably beyond.
  • Clermont Ferrand: ATS services slightly above minimum service
  • Lyon Bron: ATS services closed all the day
  • Figari: ATS services closed
  • Bastia: Minimum service maintained
  • Cannes: ATS services opened
  • Bordeaux: Minimum service maintained
  • Biarritz: ATS services opened until 21h00 UTC
  • Poitiers: Minimum service maintained
  • Pau: ATS services closed until 18h00 UTC
  • Bergerac: ATS services opened
  • Montpellier,Perpignan: ATS services closed
  • Beziers: ATS services opened
  • Nantes: Minimum service maintained
  • Rennes: ATS services open at 08h30 UTC . Closed from 10h30 UTC until 13h00 UTC
  • Cherbourg: ATS services closed
  • Le Mans: ATS services closed until 12h00 UTC
  • Lille,Rouen,Le Touquet: ATS services closed
  • Beauvais,Chalons-Vatry ,*Albert-Bray : ATS services opened
  • Toulouse Blagnac :Minimum service maintained
  • Limoges,Carcassonne, Tarbes, Brive, Angouleme: ATS services opened
  • Bordeaux: Minimum service maintained