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Nationwide strikes in France 10.10.2017

09 oktober, 2017

The Directorate General for Civil Aviation has instructed airlines to reduce flights by 30-percent on Oct. 10 due to a strike by air traffic controllers (ATC) associated with the Trade Association of Civil Aviation-General Confederation of Labor (USAC-CGT).

Flight disruptions will likely be most significant at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY); Beauvais (BVA); Bordeaux (BOD); Lyon (LYS); Marseille (MRS); Nantes (NTE); Nice (NCE); and Toulouse (TLS) airports.

Short- and medium-haul passenger flights are more likely to be affected by cancellations than intercontinental routes. The strike could also cause ancillary delays at other airports across Europe, particularly on Air France (AF) flights, as aircraft are held at their points of origin. Many carriers that operate flights to France will probably offer flexible rebooking policies during the strike period.

Rail workers will also join in the walkout. Reduced operations on the SNCF rail network are slated to occur 1900 Oct. 9-0800 Oct. 11. Trains operating on the TER, Intercity, Transilien, TGV, Thalys, and Eurostar will likely also face disruptions during the strike period. Rail operators will publish updated schedules on their websites 24-48 hours before the strike begins.

Prepare for flight disruptions throughout France during the walkout; disruptions may extend past the end of the strike as the backlog of cancelled flights is cleared. Confirm all air and rail bookings with transport operators.

If your travel plans are affected by the above or you require further information please contact your HRG Office.

Source: The Local

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