France Strike: Hundreds of Flights Cancelled, Airlines Told to Carry Enough Fuel For Return Journey

Hundreds of flights to and from France will be cancelled on Tuesday with another 24-hour strike planned by air traffic controllers.



Half the flights in and out of Paris Orly airport and nearly a third of all flights to all other airports will be scrapped, according to the French civil aviation authority.

Ryanair has already cancelled 200 flights and British Airways says it expects “delays and disruption” to its services.

A similar walkout last week forced hundreds of cancellations, with short-haul flights the worst affected.

Charles de Gaulle airport has already reported disruption to flights on Monday after a number of refuelling staff went on strike.

Airlines running short-haul flights have been told to carry enough fuel for their return journeys, following strikes at 12 of the country’s oil refineries. It is reported that around a quarter of petrol filling stations across the country have run dry.

Ongoing industrial action is also continuing to disrupt rail travel. Only half the high-speed TGV trains were running on Monday, the SNCF state rail operator said in a statement.

France has been hit by several coordinated strikes in the past two months in protest at proposed pension reforms that would increase the minimum retirement from 60 to 62.

Meanwhile, industrial action in Belgium on Monday saw the cancellation of all Eurostar services to Brussels.

Published: 5:27PM BST 18 Oct 2010

Source: The Telegraph

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