Air France goes on strike

November 13th, 2008 - 10:50 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Majority of Air France long journey flights from Paris will be cancelled as a severe four-day disruptions caused by strike French pilots’ unions, the airline said. The scheduled flights will be cancelled from Paris on Friday.

The strike, will start at midnight and end on Monday at midnight, will affect all the French air carriers and was called in protest at proposals that could see flight crew work until 65 years of age.

Legislation voted in by France’s National Assembly On November 1, there was a vote by France National Assembly which will effectively end the current requirement for pilots to retire at 60, and also having flight attendants to wrap up their careers at 55.

A spokesman said,Air France ‘expects very serious disruptions of its activity and apologises to all passengers for this unacceptable situation’. Even one-in-two of medium-haul flights from all airports will be cancelled.

The long distance flights could be cancelled in the following days, the spokesman concluded.
Approximately with the average of 760 flights is carried by Air France to most of the European destinations and 73 long-distance flights from Paris a day.

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