French Air Traffic Strike Disrupts Flights

25 February 2010 (Last Updated February 25th, 2010 18:30)

The ongoing five-day strike called by French air traffic controllers has led to the cancellation of dozens of flights, leaving thousands of travellers stranded across the country. Half of the flights at Paris-Orly Airport have been cancelled while 15% of flights at the capital's other m

The ongoing five-day strike called by French air traffic controllers has led to the cancellation of dozens of flights, leaving thousands of travellers stranded across the country.

Half of the flights at Paris-Orly Airport have been cancelled while 15% of flights at the capital's other main airport, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, have also been stopped, according to Agence France Presse.

Air France said it would be able to operate all of its long-haul services but has expects further disruption on European and domestic flights.

Five air traffic unions in France called for a strike from 23 to 27 February, to protest at Europe's single sky policy, which partly aims to modernise air traffic control.

The unions fear the changes will result in job cuts and the loss of special civil servant benefits.

According to reports, air traffic control union leaders met with the French transport minister on Wednesday evening, only to say afterwards that the strike will continue until they receive adequate assurances over their future.