F+ Rouge From France, joined May 2000, 210 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 10 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1611 times:
There will be a 36-hour strike of French air traffic controllers from 1800 GMT tonight due to which Air France will have to cancel about 85 % of their domestic and medium range European flights. Air Lib is heavily affected, too.
Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13744 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1556 times:
Why are they on Strike? And why have people let them go on strike? ATC is essential. I think some people need their heads sorted out. I'm all for the ATC getting higher pay and whatever but it shouldn't come to a strike! Oh well...
British Airways plc.
Strike action by French air traffic controllers
British Airways is expecting disruption to its services later this evening (Wednesday December 5) and tomorrow (December 6) as a result of strike action by French air traffic controllers.
The airline will operate only four of its scheduled services between the UK and France during the 36 hour strike which starts at 6pm on Wednesday December 5 and finishes on Friday December 7 at 6am. The remaining 93 scheduled flights due to operate to and from France during that period have been cancelled.
British Airways is also expecting some delays to a number of its services due to re-routing to avoid French airspace.
British Airways apologises to its customers for any inconvenience and is working hard to ensure that its schedules get back to normal as soon as possible, due to a situation which is clearly beyond its control.
Passengers who are booked to fly on a cancelled service will be re-booked on to the next available service to their destination or offered a full re-fund.
The airline has asked passengers due to fly to or from France today to call 0845 77 333 77 for the latest information.
D-AQUI From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 203 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1546 times:
I am really fed up with all those strikes in France and Belgium that are affecting the transport sector. This is also a blow for the economy which is not in very good shape these days. Not very sensible, stupid indeed.
ILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1532 times:
Ahhh. This just shows to power of the ATC system. Without them, airlines can't function meaning that the world can't function. GO ATC! Didn't the French ATCs have a deal a while ago where they got in trouble because they would speak French and not English?
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1453 times:
French ATC is on strike because all the ATC's in Europe are getting ready to switch to a common set of standards. The current system is a bit like if each state in the U.S. had its own FAA and no national standards.
I don't know the specifics, but I'm sure the English Language requirement is a sticking point. The French hate to use English, even if they know the language.
Kirstey From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1445 times:
Cfalk is right - it's about the control of airspace above Europe. The JAA want control centralised rather than the coountry in question being responsible for it as defined by the Chigaco Convention - for once the French are spot on!
F+ Rouge From France, joined May 2000, 210 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1410 times:
You are right, Alain. Shame on them. And this even more as their strike is against the liberalization of the European skies and the "ciel unique" i.e. the integrated European skies - both being essential to reduce delays in Europe and thus awaited impatiently by airlines and frequent flyers.