Over 40% of France’s Flights Cancelled Amidst Strike

Close to half of all flights in France were cancelled on Wednesday after the country’s air traffic controllers up and left work on a strike that is scheduled to last 48 hours.

Air France announced that it would be attempting to operate the majority of its long-haul flights out of its largest hub at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.

For its medium-haul flights, the airline hoped to be operating close to 60% of normal flights from there. Shorter flights and flights at other airports were expected to experience far more problems.

Still, there are some long haul flights, including ones headed to North America that could be affected by cancellations or at least long delays. Airlines have advised their passengers to check on their flight’s status prior to leaving for the airport.

The three large U.S. carriers United, Delta and American, waived their change fees for all those customers wishing to change their flights from the two-day period of the strikes.

The policies were varied by carrier with some restrictions still applying. Carriers also warned that delays at the last minute and cancellation were apt to take place adding that it was best to rebook another flight with the date of April 10 and forward.

Lufthansa and British Airways, two of the busiest carriers in Europe also warned of big disruptions. BA said it was using larger aircraft when possible, to help the affected customers in any way possible to lower the disruption.

However, BA did announce that besides having to cancel certain flights to and from the country of France, other flights that are short haul would likely have significant delays for the next two days, given how many of overall flights normally use the airspace of France.

Europe’s largest budget carrier, Ryanair, said it canceled over 250 flights thus far. The airline also was critical of the work stoppage.

The air traffic controllers union SNCTA called the work stoppage of two days saying it is upset with working and retirement conditions.

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