French strike to hit flights on Thursday
LONDON (Reuters) - Flights to and from France face disruption on Thursday due to a strike by air traffic controllers that has prompted companies including EasyJet, Ryanair and Lufthansa to scale back their normal schedule.
France's DGAC civil aviation authority said it was urging airlines to cut service by 10 per cent, particularly on links between France and Spain, Portugal and North Africa.
British low-cost airline easyJet and Ireland's Ryanair said they would have to cut about 30 per cent of flights as a result of the one-day protest over plans for changes to air traffic control practices at European level.
"EasyJet has been asked by the DGAC (France's civil aviation authority) to reduce its French flights by 30 per cent and as a result will cancel at least 50 flights to and from Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, Basel, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseilles and Toulouse," the airline said in a statement on Wednesday.