Flights to Paris disrupted as air traffic control staff kick off strike
Published on Jun 24, 2014 5:17 PM
PARIS (AFP) - Airlines were forced to cancel flights to and from Paris's main airports and several cities in southern France on Tuesday as air traffic controllers kicked off a six-day strike.
The work stoppage comes at the height of the tourist season in a nation that attracts more foreign visitors than any other country in the world, and follows a rail protest that affected services abroad and domestically and is still continuing in some areas.
The country's civil aviation watchdog said around 20 per cent of flights going to and from several big cities in southern France, as well as those taking off from Paris to the south, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, were cancelled.
Not all air traffic controllers are striking, but those stopping work are protesting against what they say is a lack of sufficient funding allocated for their sector, which they say is in dire need of modernisation.
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