Thousands Stranded By French ATC Strike

More than 1,000 flights were cancelled in France yesterday (April 8) after air traffic control (ATC) staff began a two-day strike over working conditions.

Nearly 40 per cent of all inbound and outbound flights were cancelled at the request of the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) after the SNCTA union called for action as part of a dispute over restructuring and increasing the ATC staff retirement age from 57 to 59.

Short-haul flights were mostly affected, with Ryanair axing more than 250 flights yesterday, easyJet cancelling around 118 flights and British Airways 14.

The DGAC has asked airlines to cancel as many as 50 per cent of the 4,000 services scheduled for today (April 9).

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