French ATCs to strike again April 28

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French ATCs to strike again April 28

Unread post by bimjim » Thu Apr 28, 2016

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French ATCs to strike again April 28
Kurt Hofmann
Apr 27, 2016

French air traffic controllers (ATCs) will strike again Thursday, April 28, the 44th strike day in France since 2009. Hundreds of flights will be cancelled, creating disruption and extensive delays across the continent, Airlines for Europe (A4E) said in a statement.

Just two weeks after the last walkout in Belgium, French ATCs will strike for the third time in a month.

“During 2016 ATC strikes in Greece, Italy, Belgium and now again in France have already accumulated up to a full week of disruption. In March and April, the strikes caused over 2,000 cancellations among A4E members and will now hit the 1 million minutes delay mark (more than 16,000 hours) across all airlines operating in European airspace,” A4E MD Thomas Reynaert said in a statement.

Ahead of Thursday’s strike, the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) has requested airlines to adapt their flight schedule to and from certain French airports, especially Paris-Orly, Air France told ATW.

For Thursday, Air France expects to operate all long-haul flights, all flights to and from Paris Charles de Gaulle, as well as 80% of domestic flights to and from Paris Orly.

Last year, more than 10,000 flights operated by A4E members were affected by 28 days of ATC strikes in Europe, causing disruptions to millions of passengers.

The negative impact of ATC strikes on European aviation is a key issue for A4E members, which include Air France-KLM, easyJet, Finnair, International Airlines Group, Jet2.com, Lufthansa Group, Norwegian and Ryanair.

“We will not stop calling on the European Commission and governments to act immediately to defend consumers,” A4E said. The organization’s key aims are delivering reliable and efficient airspace by reducing the cost of ATC provision through completion of the Single European Sky and better economic regulation at European Union level; using new technology to make efficiency savings; and using Single European Sky ATM Research program (SESAR), funding to drive compliance with the Single Sky framework.

A4E members transport 500 million passengers each year, operating more than 2,300 aircraft.

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