French air traffic controllers strike


Paris Orly Airport. Key - Richard Maslen
Paris Orly Airport. Key - Richard Maslen

A four-day strike by French air traffic controllers is causing chaos.

February 25: A four-day strike by French air traffic controllers is causing chaos to hundreds of flights across Europe.
Reuters reports that representatives of the striking controllers failed to reach an agreement with the Environment Minister Jean-Louis Borloo late on Wednesday. The controllers are concerned that the unification of air traffic control services across Europe will lead to redundancies as well as budget cuts proposed by the French government.
A spokesman for the French civil aviation authority, the Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile said that at least half of all flights at Paris-Orly airport and a fifth of flights at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport would be affected.