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The departures information board at Terminal 2 at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport, announcing several canceled flights amid an air traffic controllers' strike, September 16, 2022.

It will probably be higher to keep away from taking the aircraft on Thursday April 25, until you need to endure hours of ready in airports and even threat not leaving in any respect. The air visitors controllers' strike guarantees to be notably sustained. A black Thursday in perspective as a result of all of the air visitors controller organizations have known as to cease work. Even the National Union of Air Traffic Controllers (SNCTA), ultra-majority with greater than 60% of the votes amongst controllers, but reluctant to strike, with solely three notices filed in ten years, guarantees “a record mobilization”.

To cope with this, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) has requested airways working in France to cut back, that’s to say, cancel 75% of flights at Orly airport. and 65% to these of Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle and Marseille. The DGAC additionally asks them to cancel 60% of flights at Toulouse and Nice, and 50% for different airports. Airlines anticipated the worst. “We were warned of considerable reductions. A huge impact »complained in advance, Tuesday April 23, Pascal de Izaguirre, president of Corsair and the National Federation of Aviation and its Trades (FNAM).

For once, the number of cancellations should be in line with that of strikers. Indeed, since the start of the year, air traffic controllers have been required, like other categories of air transport personnel, to declare a strike forty-eight hours before the start of the conflict.

The closure of a quarter of the control towers

The trade union organizations intend to protest against the consequences of the reform of air navigation services launched by the DGAC fifteen months ago. The challenge of restructuring the French sky is important. The objective is to absorb the strong growth in air traffic which is expected to increase by “10% to 20% by 2030”, explains the SNCTA. To do that, the DGAC needs to rationalize the community of air navigation providers by closing between 2028 and 2035 1 / 4 of the management towers presently in service and needs to halve the variety of strategy management facilities. These facilities which handle planes approaching an airport would go from 30 to 16, in accordance with the SNCTA.

Faced with this reform, the unions are shifting ahead considerably in a dispersed method. The SNCTA fears “a social impact” on the air visitors controllers. While the query of staffing has already been resolved by negotiation in 2022, it’s mobilizing on that of remuneration. The union is demanding entry to the best administrative index ranges for switchers on the finish of their careers. He additionally requires a rise in salaries of 5.06% per yr for the following three years, whereas mentioning that, in different European nations, air visitors controllers are paid “two to three times more than in France”, the place the common wage of a switchman is round 5,000 euros.

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