A number of flights have been cancelled at two Paris airports as Gallic air traffic controllers begin a five-day strike over job loss fears.
As many as half of the flights in and out of Orly airport (ORY) have been cancelled, and it is thought as many as one in four from Charles de Gaulle (CDG) have also been omitted from the schedules.
French ATC staff are protesting over a deal agreed by six countries to modernise air traffic control and they say will cut jobs.
Interestingly the strike is taking place during a school holiday period in France.
Analysts said union leaders were also hoping to put pressure on President Nicolas Sarkozy's government ahead of regional elections next month.
The agreement to modernise air traffic control was recently signed by France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Within this plan the six nations will increasingly integrate air traffic control services.
Air France has said that none of its long-haul flights have been affected. It's possible that some UK cheap flights might end up slightly rerouted away from French airspace say airflights.co.uk the online supplier of cheap flights to UK holidaymakers.
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Article ID: 873, Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 15:56:19 GMT