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Around 50 per cent of scheduled flights to and from France are set to be cancelled due to a three-day strike by air traffic controllers.
The industrial action by unions began at 06.00 local time today (June 11) and will continue until 05.59 on Friday (June 14).
DGAC, the French civil aviation authority, has asked carriers to reduce their schedules by 50 per cent at Paris, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux from Tuesday. Air traffic unions are protesting against European Union plans to change civil aviation rules.
Easyjet said it would have to cancel around 128 flights for each of the three affected days and has already axed services for Tuesday.
The airline said in a statement on its website: “We strongly recommend that if passengers wish to rebook a flight, you should only select flights after the strike period has ended (from Friday June 14 morning onwards).
“The strike situation is fluid and there is still some uncertainty about the impact of the strike on Wednesday and Thursday (June 12-13) – therefore we will take a decision about these flights early next week and will seek to keep passengers informed via this website and email.”
Easyjet has announced details of cancelled flights for Tuesday (June 11) – click here for details. The airline will publish flight cancellations details for the other two days closer to the time.
British Airways said it would cancel at least 90 flights between the UK and France on Tuesday (June 11) out of a normal schedule of 120 services between the two countries.
"British Airways apologises to all customers for any inconvenience caused by the industrial action which is beyond its control," said the airline.
Air France warned that there would be disruption to its services and said it would update its plans based on the latest information from the DGAC. For details, click here.
"Our flight schedule will be disrupted," said the airline. "We plan to transport all of our passengers booked on long-haul flights to/from Paris.
"Be sure we are doing our utmost to limit the inconvenience this strike action may cause. However, delays and last-minute cancellations are not excluded.
"If you have an Air France ticket to/from one French airport and you plan to travel between June 11-13 on a short or medium-haul flight, we recommend you postpone or anticipate your trip as far as is possible."
Meanwhile Ryanair has axed 60 flights on Tuesday and will announce details on further cancellations for June 12 and 13 on its website.
"The strike is likely to cause flight delays and possible further cancellations to the remaining flights operating to France and aircraft overflying France between the June 11-13," said Ryanair.