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User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 4 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1310 times:

Hi

I'm reading reports that an ATC strike is planned for tomorrow (Tuesday) in France, and possibly on the 2 and 3 June too. Can anyone shed any light on why the controllers are striking?

thanks

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User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

Can anyone shed any light on why the controllers are striking?

It's related to (much-needed) pension reform, which unions are resisting.
A good summary:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/2937116.stm



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User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1284 times:

Thanks, I should have checked that site out more closely!

User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1273 times:

Just one more question for anyone; further down the article explaining the strikes, Air France is reported to have given notice that 60% of short- and medium-haul flights would have to be cancelled.

But surely long-haul flights must avail of French air traffic control facilities, at least whilst flying over French airspace??


User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1220 times:

DoorsToManual

Yes that's correct. I work at VS and last week it was expected that overflights would be allowed, however a couple of our flights from Africa to the UK had to be routed to avoid French airspace when it was closed at the last minute. Fortunately the a/c involved had enough fuel and didn't require a tech stop.

Regardless of who's fault it is, it's the airlines and passengers that suffer so I hope they hurry up and sort it out.

Cheers



Biggidy biggidy bong
User currently offline707cmf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 1 day ago) and read 1204 times:

Let's just hope they will not go on with their strike on Wednedsday as well ! I have a LYS-ORY flight on Wednesday night, and I'd hate to be stranded in Lyon !!!

User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 1 day ago) and read 1200 times:

"But surely long-haul flights must avail of French air traffic control facilities, at least whilst flying over French airspace??"

Absoultely, you should see some of the crazy routes we have to take to Spain and the Canary Islands on the days the French go on strike. Typical ACE flight will route West over South Wales, Southern Ireland, right out over the Atlantic before turning south towards Spain / Portugal.



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