Air France strike delays flights at Paris airports
Published on Aug 2, 2014 6:02 PM
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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