France Faces Air Traffic Control Woes Following Strike

An Air France A318 (Photo: Air France)

This week could be a hectic for air travel in France, more specifically in the southern and western regions of the country. There is an air traffic control strike planned from March 6 to March 10, and it could affect over one-third of flights in the country.

The French civil aviation authority recommends that airlines reduce flights within the country in preparation for the strike.

Air France told the Agence France-Presse that it was guaranteeing 100 percent of its long haul flights and up to 80 percent of domestic flights. They did warn about possible delays on flights throughout the week.

The third-largest union of controllers in France, UNSA, was the group that called for the strike. Certain parts of the country are scheduled to be affected over different days next week.

Western cities such as Bordeaux will have the strike in effect for Monday to Friday. Aix-en-Provence, in the south of France, will have the strike from Tuesday to Thursday.

The union says demands about work hours have not been respected by the French aviation authorities.

This is not the first time that UNSA has had an air traffic control strike in the past few years. They were part of a major air traffic strike in 2014. Overall, French air traffic control had over ten strikes in 2016. The strikes have been in response to a variety of concerns, such as staffing, pay and working hours.

Jace Moseley

Jace Moseley

Jace has been flying the open skies since 1998 when he took his first flight. Since then, he has taken over 300 flight to 7 different countries worldwide. He has shown major interest in attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and majoring in air traffic control. Being on the west coast, he has also fallen in love with Boeing Company. He loves traveling out of his way to go on certain airplanes and airlines.
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