French Pilots To Hold Month-Long Strike

France's national union of airline pilots, the SNPL, has announced that its members will strike for almost a full month, from May 3 to May 30. Air France is just one airline to be affected, yet it says that the strike addresses issues that do not involve the airline. "According to the SNPL national union of airline pilots, even though this national action aims to impact all airlines, it will penalise in priority the Air France Group, the main employer of French pilots. It represents a major threat for all Air France staff," the airline said in a statement. Air France believes it will have to cancel the majority of flights that were to be flown by the unionised pilots, disrupting its schedule and numerous connections at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. "A work stoppage from 5:45 to 7:45 will disrupt the early morning departures of medium-haul flights and, due to flight sequencing, the entire day's flight schedule," the airline said. "A work stoppage from 12:45 to 15:45 will affect the day's broadest span of long-haul departures, with over 30 long-haul flights scheduled out of 70 daily long-haul flights."

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