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Airlines told to cancel flights over airport strike

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Airlines told to cancel flights over airport strike
A planned French airport strike will not be as bad as first thought, but there will be disruptions. Photo: Shutterstock
11:25 CEST+02:00
A planned strike by air traffic controllers in France will not cause as much disruption as first feared after one of two unions pulled out of the six-day walk-out. However France's civil aviation authorities have still asked airlines to cancel 20 percent of flights.

'It's worse than we expected': CLICK HERE for the latest info on the French airport strike.

There were some much-needed relief for travellers in France over the weekend when the larger of two unions behind a planned six-day airport strike called off their threatened industrial action.

However there will still be some disruption for air travellers, especially in the south of the country and for those flying in and out of Paris.

Civil aviation authorities have called on airlines to cancel 20 percent of scheduled flights from airports in the south of the country as well numerous flights leaving Paris in order to ease the pressure.

The airports in the cities of Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse, as well as the two Paris hubs -  Charles de Gaulle and Orly, are all expected to be hit by the strike.

In a statement budget airline EasyJet said: "EasyJet has been advised by the French DGAC of potential industrial action by employees of the Air Traffic Control in France this week.

'We are disappointed at this unnecessary strike action which has the potential to cause considerable disruption and cancellations for passengers and airlines across Europe."

Ryanair also said it has been forced to cancel several flights. 

A full list of the flights cancelled by both airlines can bee seen at the bottom of this article. Passengers on other airlines are being advised to contact their carrier before going to the airport.

Flights heading to southern European countries like Spain and Portugal as well as North African countries Tunisia and Morocco will likely be the most affected, Le Figaro newspaper reported.

However the situation could have been worse for travellers if talks between the government and the SNCTA union had failed to persuade the worker's organisation to call off its strike.

Those successful negotiations mean 75 percent of flights should be guaranteed, authorities say. At one point on Friday it looked as if as many as 60 percent of scheduled departures and arrivals could have been affected.

The strike comes ahead of a June 30 deadline for France to present its budget plans for the sector over the next five years to Brussels.

The strikers are protesting against planned cuts between 2015 and 2019 that they say will threaten the "necessary performance and modernisation needed to ensure an efficient air navigation service in France."

The cuts form part of a European Commission plan, called Single Sky Europe, to reduce air navigation costs by organising airspace into functional blocks, according to traffic flows rather than national borders.

The strikers argue that the move will lead to a "forced low-cost" ethos in air traffic.

SEE ALSO: Why are the French always on strike?

Rail traffic returns to normal

The airport strike is the last thing travellers in France need after nearly two weeks of rail workers' walk-outs which have caused major disruption.

The strikes continued on Monday in various parts of the country although rail operators SNCF reported that most services had returned to normal.

The area still affected by delays was in Ile-de-France, with several RER lines, including line B, which serves the capital's airports still not running a full service.

MPS are set to vote on the controversial rail reform, which prompted the strike on Tuesday.

Here's the full list of affected Easyjet flights with flight numbers:

LYS: Lyon
BOD: Bordeaux
CDG: Paris Charles de Gaulle
BIQ : Biarritz 
TLS : Toulouse
ORY : Paris Orly
LIL : Lille
MAD : Madrid
BCN: Barcelona
NTE : Nantes
GVA : Geneva

24/06/2014 EZY4301 LYS BOD

24/06/2014 EZY4302 BOD LYS

24/06/2014 EZY3701 CDG BIQ

24/06/2014 EZY3702 BIQ CDG

24/06/2014 EZY4025 ORY TLS

24/06/2014 EZY4026 TLS ORY

24/06/2014 EZY1701 TLS LIL

24/06/2014 EZY1702 LIL TLS

24/06/2014 EZY3905 CDG MAD

24/06/2014 EZY3906 MAD CDG

24/06/2014 EZY3919 CDG BCN

24/06/2014 EZY3920 BCN CDG

24/06/2014 EZY4353 LYS NTE

24/06/2014 EZY3654 NTE TLS

24/06/2014 EZY4340 TLS LYS

24/06/2014 EZY4027 ORY TLS

24/06/2014 EZY4028 TLS ORY

24/06/2014 EZY4305 LYS BOD

24/06/2014 EZY1376 BOD GVA

24/06/2014 EZY4339 LYS TLS

24/06/2014 EZY3653 TLS NTE

24/06/2014 EZY4356 NTE LYS

24/06/2014 EZY4069 ORY NCE

24/06/2014 EZY4074 NCE ORY

24/06/2014 EZY3964 TLS CDG

24/06/2014 EZY3965 CDG TLS

24/06/2014 EZY1375 GVA BOD

24/06/2014 EZY4308 BOD LYS

Here's a list of the Ryanair flights that have been cancelled:

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