French airline could delay European flights

"Industrial actions" by the French Air Traffic Control--a strike--could delay flights across Europe, discount Airline easyJet warns.

October 9, 2013 19:23
EL AL planes lie at rest at Ben-Gurion Airport earlier this week due to a strike

El al plane at rest 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

“Industrial actions” by the French Air Traffic Control, meaning a strike, could delay flights across Europe, discount Airline easyJet warned on Wednesday.

“The French authorities have advised all airlines to expect disruption to flights,” EasyJet said in a statement. “As a consequence, easyJet has been asked by the DGAC [the French civil aviation authority] to reduce its French flights by 30 percent and as a result will cancel at least 50 flights to and from Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, Basel, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseilles and Toulouse.”

“The strike will also impact all flights that overfly French airspace,” the statement said.

“More than 70 percent of easy- Jet’s flights operate through French airspace, and so there is a risk of delays and late notice cancellations depending on the scale and effects of the strike action.”

Destinations such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus, Greece and North Africa all are in danger of disruption, the airline said, noting that the strike would affect other airlines as well.

The strike comes in protest against plans to unify airspace in the European Union.

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