France: New strikes at airports at the start of the high tourist season

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French airports, including Charles de Gaulle and Orly near Paris, will be hit today and at the weekend by new strikes at the start of the high tourist season. These mobilizations, in the context of high inflation and the clear recovery of air traffic after the COVID-19 pandemic, will lead to the cancellation of around 17% of flights departing and arriving at Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle (CDG) airport between between 07:00 and 14:00 local time, according to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC).

Precautionary cancellations, which will account for 10% of aircraft movements at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport today, have been requested by management for safety reasons due to the mobilization of firefighters with wage demands, forcing the closure of a section of the runways- take off at its largest airport of France.

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Moreover, today and throughout the weekend, the employees on the platforms of his airports Paris have been called by a cross-union organization to take part in a “multi-sectoral” strike, which includes the ADP Group (Paris Airports) and its subcontractors, also demanding wage increases.

This mobilization, in the context of which it is planned to gather in front of terminals 2E of Charles de Gaulle airport and 4 of Orly airport today, creates the risk of slowing down the flow of passengers on the approach to the facilities and at the security checkpoints. The baggage check area may also be affected.

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Strike mobilizations from today July 1 to the 4th of the month had also been announced at the airport of Marseille-Provence, but his address yesterday did not foresee either cancellations or delays, as the staff has been ordered by prefecture decree.

As the strikes mobilizations announced last until Sunday and also concern the Paris Airports Group, which called on passengers to arrive earlier, i.e. “three hours (before the scheduled take-off) for an international flight, two hours for a domestic or European flight”, as reported by Agence France-Presse and relayed by the Athens News Agency.

Air France has announced that it has canceled more than 10% of its short- and medium-haul flights today to Charles-de-Gaulles and is maintaining its long-haul flight schedule.

The high tourist season, which begins next weekend 9 and 10 July in France, is heralded as very difficult for the European air travel sector: in addition to the many mobilizations, the sector is struggling to regain its efficiency due to a mismatch between strong demand and staff, which is still very low in some airports or carriers.

Source: News Beast

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