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Hundreds of flights canceled in France as air traffic control workers strike

Hundreds of flights canceled in France as air traffic control workers strike

Airlines canceled flights across France on Friday as air traffic controllers began a one-day strike to demand higher wages.

The lack of worker pay raises was “unjustified,” the air traffic control union, SNCTA, He said in a statement. The union said the strike came after months of stalled negotiations over wages and employment plans, and added that high inflation was one of the reasons for the strike. Another strike, lasting three days, will start from September 28, the agency said.

More than 400 flights to or from Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly airports were canceled, and about 200 were delayed by midday on Friday, he said. FlightAware, which provides flight tracking data. Hundreds of flights to and from Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Bordeaux and Toulouse have also been canceled or delayed.

Ryanair said in a statement on Thursday that the strike caused the cancellation of 420 flights on Friday in a move that would affect 80,000 passengers. Neil McMahon, airline operations manager, He called on the European Union to take steps To prevent the strikes from disrupting travelers’ plans, it noted that flights departing from countries outside France with routes in French airspace were also disrupted.

“It is time for the European Union to step in and protect flights so that ransoms for European passengers are not repeatedly levied by a small French air traffic control association,” McMahon said, using an acronym to refer to air traffic controllers.

Over recent months, with energy prices and living costs soaring, strikes have become more frequent, with airport workers and other transport workers demanding Better wages and working conditions. In the United States, a rail strike was averted after the arrival of rail companies and unions on Thursday temporary agreement. The deal will now go to union members, who have advocated better pay and more flexible schedules, to vote on its endorsement.

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In Europe, strikes over the summer have disrupted travel plans, just as the end of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic has led to Increased demand for air travel. in late July, Lufthansa Airlines has canceled almost all of its flights in and out of Frankfurt and Munich over a 48-hour period after some 3,000 employees staged a strike for better wages. The strike left more than 130,000 passengers without flights.

Companies have also had to deal with a labor shortage, after baggage handlers and ground crews were laid off when air travel was halted due to the pandemic. Vacancies among airport staff have resulted in long queues at airports and caused flight cancellations, delays and frustration.