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EasyJet cancels flights in France over New Year

The Local/AFP · 30 Dec 2014, 17:39

Published: 30 Dec 2014 17:39 GMT+01:00

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The airline announced on Tuesday it was cancelling 70 flights from and to various airports in France after two unions called on cabin crew to strike.

In all, 24 flights due to depart from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris have been scrapped, 14 from Orly airport to the south of the capital, 20 from Lyon, six from Nice, four from Toulouse and two from Lille.

The strike will begin midnight on Wednesday and end at midnight on New Year's Day.

The travel disruption is more bad news for easyJet passengers who faced similar problems on Boxing Day (December 26th) when 38 flights were cancelled because of industrial action.

The workers are upset over frequent last-minute changes to their schedules and have demanded a larger share of the company's profits.

EasyJet employs some 600 flight attendants among its roughly 1,000 workers in France.

The unions complain that easyJet is making too many last minute changes to the schedules of cabin crew staff, and oppose making bonus payments dependent upon customer satisfaction when much of the passenger experience is determined by check-in and luggage handling that is outsourced to other companies.

EasyJet's boss in France Francois Bacchetta has said he understands the "frustration" of the cabin staff and added that the company was working on this "very complex" issue.

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The airline has been able to minimise disruption by bringing in cabin crew from the UK.

Eric Cunnac of the Unac union said the airline's use on Friday of British cabin crews on French flights "was a way of breaking the strike".

SNPNC-FO representative Laurent Nicolas complained that easyJet had specially flown in replacement cabin crews and had offered them up to €140 ($170) to work the French flights.

An easyJet spokesman confirmed it had flown in British cabin crew staff who had volunteered to work.

Here's a list of the affected flights:

Orly 14 vols   CDG 24 vols
31/12/2014 4061 ORY NCE    31/12/2014  3903 CDG  MAD 
31/12/2014 4062 NCE ORY    31/12/2014 3904   MAD  CDG
31/12/2014 4297 ORY LIN    31/12/2014 3905  CDG  MAD
31/12/2014 4298 LIN ORY    31/12/2014  3906  MAD  CDG
31/12/2014 4291 ORY VCE    31/12/2014  3955  CDG  AGP
31/12/2014 4292 VCE ORY    31/12/2014  3956  AGP CDG 
31/12/2014 4025 ORY TLS    31/12/2014  2778  CDG  MXP
31/12/2014 4026 TLS ORY    31/12/2014  2779  MXP  CDG
31/12/2014 4241 ORY FCO    31/12/2014  3985  CDG  NCE
31/12/2014 4244 FCO ORY    31/12/2014  3986  NCE CDG 
31/12/2014 4065 ORY NCE    31/12/2014 3839   CDG  BLQ
31/12/2014 4066 NCE ORY    31/12/2014  3840  BLQ  CDG
31/12/2014 4027 ORY TLS    31/12/2014  3705  CDG BIQ 
31/12/2014 4028 TLS ORY    31/12/2014  3706  BIQ  CDG 
Toulouse 4 vols    31/12/2014  3993  CDG  NCE
31/12/2014 3962 TLS CDG    31/12/2014 3994  NCE   CDG
31/12/2014 3963 CDG TLS    31/12/2014 3853  CDG BUD 
31/12/2014 1701 TLS LIL    31/12/2014 3854 BUD  CDG 
31/12/2014 1702 LIL TLS    31/12/2014 3919  CDG  BCN 
Nice 6 vols    31/12/2014 3920   BCN CDG
31/12/2014 1673 NCE NTE    31/12/2014 3797  CDG VCE 
31/12/2014 1674 NTE NCE   31/12/2014  3798   VCE  CDG
31/12/2014 4060 NCE ORY    31/12/2014 3805  CDG  PRG
31/12/2014 4063 ORY NCE    31/12/2014 3806 PRG   CDG
31/12/2014 1681 NCE LIL          
31/12/2014 1682 LIL  NCE          
Lyon 20 vols
31/12/2014 4301 LYS BOD    31/12/2014 4357   LS BES 
31/12/2014 4302 BOD LYS    31/12/2014 4358  BES  LYS 
31/12/2014 4415 LYS BCN    31/12/2014 4353  LYS  NTE
31/12/2014 4416 BCN LYS    31/12/2014  3654  NTE TLS 
31/12/2014 4417 LYS BCN    31/12/2014  4340  TLS LYS 
31/12/2014 1698 BCN NCE    31/12/2014  4367  LYS BRU 
31/12/2014 1697 NCE BCN    31/12/2014  4368  BRU  LYS
31/12/2014 4418 BCN LYS    31/12/2014  4339  LYS TLS 
31/12/2014 4445 LYS OPO    31/12/2014  3653  TLS  NTE
31/12/2014 4446 OPO LYS    31/12/2014  4354  NTE LYS 

The Local/AFP (ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com)

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