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Planes. France: air traffic controllers on strike

From yesterday evening to tomorrow: hardships throughout Europe

It started yesterday at 7pm and will continue until 6am tomorrow on Friday 10: French air controllers cross their arms this time. The strike was called according to the French civil aviation authority (DGAC), by four unions (Usac-Cgt, FO, Unsa and Cfdt) to protest against the reform of the civil service (Macron reform and the planned cut of 120 thousand public employees).

The DGAC advises passengers to contact their airlines for information on the status of the flight, before going to the airport. The authority has asked carriers to reduce their flight schedule to and from the main French airports by 30%: Roissy-"Charles de Gaulle", Paris-Orly, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Nice, Bordeaux, Nantes and Beauvais.

Particularly short-range flights are affected by agitation. There will be hundreds of flights involved with effects on at least 75,000 passengers. Disruptions and delays are expected in all European traffic. The SNCTA union not participate at the strike, writes on its website and reports it: "This majoritarian union does not call for strikes on Thursday 9 May. The SNCTA has opened a dialogue with the government on the bill to transform the civil service, asks the modification of the bill, and expects guarantees".

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency