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Tell us: How bad is Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport this summer?

Recently released data reveals that flights from Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport were among the most likely to be cancelled this summer, but on the other hand the airport seems to have largely avoided the chaotic scenes seen at some other European airports - so just how bad is it this summer?

Tell us: How bad is Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport this summer?
Flights cancelled at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. Photo by Geoffroy Van der Hasselt / AFP

If you have flown in or out of Charles de Gaulle this summer we want to hear from you about conditions on the ground – waiting times, airport facilities, flight cancellations and luggage problems.

The airport has been the scenes of two strikes already this summer – although the pay dispute between airport employees and bosses has now been resolved – which caused many flight cancellations.

The below graphic shows the percentage of flights that were cancelled per airport between May 26th and July 19th – which was during the Paris strike period.

Unions have also warned that staff shortages have caused longer than usual waits.

But we want to hear from passengers about their experiences.

We will use your answers to inform an article advising people who have flights booked for later in the summer.

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France and Ireland to create new combined train and ferry tickets

The French and Irish leaders have announced the creation of a new combined ticket, that can be used on ferries and trains in both countries.

France and Ireland to create new combined train and ferry tickets

Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin is currently in Paris visiting French president Emmanuel Macron, and the pair have jointly announced the creation of the new ticket, “in order to encourage green mobility between France and Ireland”.

The joint statement added that the ticket will be in effect by summer 2023, saying: “The objective will be to allow, in particular our young people, to travel between our two countries thanks to a green, simple and reasonably priced deal.”

Full details are yet to be confirmed, but the idea sounds similar to the ‘Franco-German ticket’ announced earlier this month, which will give special deals on train tickets between France and Germany to young people.

Full details of that scheme are set to be announced in January. 

Martin was in Paris for the signing of the Celtic Interconnector agreement between France and Ireland, an electricity agreement that links France and Ireland via a 500km undersea cable.

At present journeys between France and Ireland require separate tickets for French trains, Irish trains and the ferry, unless you are travelling with an Interrail pass which can in certain circumstances include ferry travel.

The Franco-Irish ticket would replicate that system, but for single journeys rather than the multi-journey pass of Interrail. 

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