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Air France strike delays flights at Paris airports

Published on Aug 2, 2014 6:02 PM
 
An Air France plane sits on the ground at Orly airport in Paris, France on Monday, Nov 17, 2008. A 24-hour strike by Air France ground staff caused flight delays and frustration for huge numbers of passengers at Paris airports on Saturday, Aug 2, 2014, - on one of France's busiest travel weekends of the year. -- PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

PARIS (AFP) - A 24-hour strike by Air France ground staff caused flight delays and frustration for huge numbers of passengers at Paris airports on Saturday - on one of France's busiest travel weekends of the year.

To cope with the disruption, Air France had already taken the precaution of scrapping around one in seven of its short- and medium-haul flights from the capital's Orly airport. It said its long-haul services would be unaffected.

Hundreds of thousands of French citizens returning from or leaving on summer vacation, and thousands of foreign tourists arriving for a French holiday were using Orly and the bigger Charles de Gaulle airport on Saturday. The two airports were expected to handle a combined total of about a million passengers over the weekend.

Around 15 flights at Charles de Gaulle and more at Orly took off late, airport officials said.

 
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