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Passengers sleep in Paris airport as strike enters second day

Published on Jun 25, 2014 6:03 PM

ORLY, France (AFP) - At least 200 passengers were forced to spend Tuesday night in a Paris airport after an ongoing air-traffic controllers' strike disrupted their flights to Spain and Portugal.

An airport source said the passengers, most of whom had been due to travel with low-cost airline Vueling, were given camp beds to help them through their night in Orly airport and were joined on Wednesday morning by scores of others whose flights were cancelled or delayed.

The strike, which kicked off on Tuesday, is due to last until Sunday as some of the country's air-traffic controllers protest against what they say is a lack of sufficient funding for a sector in dire need of modernisation.

Representatives of the union that called the work stoppage are expected to meet transport officials on Wednesday afternoon, after which they will decide whether to pursue the strike.

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