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Thursday 9 May 2019

Strike disrupts flights in Europe

A strike by air traffic controllers in France is disrupting the travel plans of 75,000 people, Travel Mole website reports..

Flights on Thursday and Friday will be affected for 35 hours with the walk-out, part of a national public sector strike that began on Wednesday and is due to finish on Friday morning local time. 

French authorities asked airlines flying to and from several airports in France to reduce their flight schedules by 30% in advance of the strike, forcing the cancellation of around 550 flights.

Industry groups have warned of major delays, re-routings and further cancellations.

French transport workers are notorious for taking strike action, usually over busy travel periods. 

British Airways said the strikes will bring "another wave of unnecessary disruption".

"Like all airlines, we have had to cancel a number of flights but will be using larger aircraft, where possible, on other services to help affected customers." 

Paris Orly (above), Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse airports are among the worst affected. More strikes are anticipated later in the European summer.  

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