French air staffs strike gets thousands stranded

16:48, February 25, 2010      

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A passenger checks information of outbound flights at Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport, France, on Feb. 24, 2010. At Charles-de-Gaulle airport, 25 percent flights were canceled as air traffic controllers went on strike the second day. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuewei)


The French air traffic controllers' strike comes into second day Thursday as thousands of passengers are stranded across the country.

It is reported that long-haul flights have been mostly unaffected by the stoppage, but quite a number of domestic and short haul international flights are severely disrupted.

The French civil aviation authority has forced the cancellation of around 50 percent of domestic and short-haul international flights from Paris’ Orly airport and one quarter of flights at Charles de Gaulle Airport, the main international airport in Paris.

The protestors started the strike against a European Union plan of“Single European Sky," which intends to integrate air traffic control systems of EU stations.

It is assumed that this plan may cause job cuts and loss of special civil servant benefits.

This strike began just after the walkout of the Lufthansa pilots in neighboring Germany, which has already results in large-scale travel chaos.

Source: Xinhuanet/Agencies
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