Paris airports cancel 17% of flights as staff strike

Flights from Paris' two largest airports will be disrupted on Friday after airport workers called a second one-day strike.

Paris airports cancel 17% of flights as staff strike
Paris Charles de Gaulle airport employees congregate outside a terminal as they stage a strike to demand higher wages at Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport, north of Paris, on June 9, 2022. - A quarter of flights are expected to be cancelled at the airport, according to the airport operator ADP. The strike comes as several European airports have struggled to handle passenger flows due to staff shortages as the travel industry bounces back from the Covid pandemic. (Photo by Geoffroy Van der Hasselt / AFP)

Airport staff, including check-in staff and security staff, will walk out on Friday, July 1st in an ongoing dispute about pay.

After reviewing staffing levels at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports for Friday, the Direction générale de l’aviation civile has ordered that 17 percent of flights departing between 7am and 2pm be cancelled.

Anyone who has a flight booked on Friday is advised to contact their airline to find out if it will take off.

The strikes does not affect Paris Beauvais airport, which is run by a different operator, and will not affect arrivals into the airports.

The strike is the second one-day walk-out and unions say that action will continue if their demand for a 3.5 percent pay increase to cope with the rising cost of living is not met.

Several other strike actions are planned in the air travel industry this summer, as well as a national rail strike. You can find our regularly updated strike calendar HERE

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Paris police warn tourists about ‘petition’ scam

Paris police have issued a warning to tourists to beware of scams targeting visitors that involve false petitions and donation drives.

Paris police warn tourists about 'petition' scam

The police préfecture in Paris has released an announcement warning tourists about a scam that might be used to target them especially. 

The scam involves young boys and girls asking people to sign their petitions and requesting that they give a donation. In reality, many people – especially tourists or those unfamiliar with the local area – find themselves giving their money away to a false organisation.

In other cases, the petition acts as a distraction while pickpockets target the visitors.

Frequently, these scams involve the young people feigning deafness or the inability to speak, and pretending to collect funds on behalf of NGO for the hard of hearing. 

The scam is just one of a number that criminals use to prey on tourists, and visitors return to Paris after a two-year break, police are warning people to be vigilant – especially in tourist hotspots such as Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower area or in transport interchanges such as Gare du Nord.

READ MORE: Warning: 6 of the most common scams in France to watch out for

For more advice on how to stay safe in Paris as a tourist, you can read the police “Guide for Staying Safe in Paris