Paris Orly air controller strike sparks mass flight cancellations over weekend | EUROtoday

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The French civil aviation authority has ordered airways to cancel 70 p.c of flights at Paris Orly airport on Saturday and Sunday due to a strike by air visitors controllers.

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The cancellations will have an effect on industrial flights from 0400 GMT Saturday by way of to late Sunday, the DGAC authority mentioned.

The strike comes as France’s second busiest airport prepares for a large inflow for the Paris Olympics, that begin July 26. It is the second main air visitors controllers strike in a month. The final one prompted the cancellation of hundreds of flights throughout Europe.

That dispute ended with an accord between airport authorities and the principle union, the SNCTA. But the second largest labour group, UNSA-ICNA, ordered the newest stoggage saying that staffing ranges had been insufficient.

“The managers at Orly continue their penny-pinching and shopkeeper accounts which will quickly lead to our teams being understaffed” by 2027, it mentioned in an announcement.

The authorities condemned the strike.

“I deplore the behavior of some local level agents who refuse to recognise the legitimacy of a majority accord and are making passengers pay the price,” deputy transport minister Patrice Vergriete advised AFP.

Orly, south of Paris, is the capital’s second-biggest airport after Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle and final yr carried greater than 32 million passengers.

It is a hub for nationwide service Air France and the house base for its low-cost subsidiary Transavia. More than 20 different airways, together with easyJet, Iberia and TAP, fly out of Orly.

Only flights between Orly and French abroad territories would function usually this weekend, the DGAC mentioned.