French air traffic controllers ask airlines to cancel flights

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French air traffic controllers ask airlines to cancel flights due to strikes Beginning in May.

A number of airports in France have been urged to cancel flights in an effort to avoid flight delays after air traffic controllers issued a strike warning for Monday, May 1. The strike is in opposition to the proposed pension change. The strike is anticipated to affect both domestic airline flights and international planes that are transiting through the nation’s airspace.

Charles de Gaulle, Beauvais, Paris’ Orly, Lyon, Toulouse, Marseille, Bordeaux, Nantes, and Nice airports, as well as those that aren’t taking off or landing in France, are expected to be impacted by the strike, according to French civil aviation authorities, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The majority of unions are pushing people to walk to the streets on Monday to oppose President Macron’s plan over the pension age. French protestors will once again begin industrial action against the hike in the pension age from 62 to 64.

Authorities have issued a warning that the strike may disrupt things from Sunday evening, April 30, through early Tuesday morning, May 2. The Direction générale de l’aviation civile (DGAC) instructed airlines to reschedule 25% of flights at Beauvais and Charles de Gaulle and 33% of flights at Orly Airport for Monday.

In addition, 33% of the flights in Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Nantes, and Toulouse should be cancelled, along with 25% of the flights in Nice.

Travellers are urged to reschedule flights if at all feasible and get in touch with their air travel service providers in order to be informed in advance, given the circumstances and the potential scope of the impacted zones.

Every day, some 3,300 planes take off or land in France, while another 3,700 fly over its airspace. The number of planes that fly over France is relatively significant due to its central location in Europe, and these ‘overflights’ are also impacted when French air traffic controllers go on strike.

According to data from Eurocontrol, the EU Organisation for Air Safety and Navigation, between March 1 and April 9, 15% of flights in Spain had delays, the bulk of which were overflights. At the same time, the number of flight cancellations rose by 63 per cent.

Travellers are urged to reschedule flights if at all feasible and get in touch with their air travel service providers in order to be informed in advance, given the circumstances and the potential scope of the impacted zones.

Every day, some 3,300 planes take off or land in France, while another 3,700 fly over its airspace. The number of planes that fly over France is relatively significant due to its central location in Europe, and these ‘overflights’ are also impacted when French air traffic controllers go on strike.

According to data from Eurocontrol, the EU Organisation for Air Safety and Navigation, between March 1 and April 9, 15% of flights in Spain had delays, the bulk of which were overflights. At the same time, the number of flight cancellations rose by 63 as per cent.

Along with Spain, Germany, Italy, and the UK also saw a 15% share of cancelled flights, the majority of which were once more overflights.

The strikes that occurred in April resulted in delays or cancellations for more than 10 million passengers. Most likely, about half of these passengers were on a flight that flew over French airspace.

Johan Lundgren, CEO of EasyJet, stated that the air traffic controller strike is anticipated to have an impact on travel to the area. He urged authorities to address the situation and cautioned travellers that they could choose to fly to other locations, most likely outside of Europe.

 

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