40% of flights canceled at Paris-Orly on Friday

Disturbances are also expected at departure and arrival from Marseille-Provence and Beauvais airports.



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A Volotea plane on the tarmac at Orly airport, August 20, 2023. (RICCARDO MILANI / HANS LUCAS / AFP)

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) asked, Monday October 9, airlines to give up 40% of their flight schedule Friday October 13 at Paris-Orly, the second French airport, due to a strike interprofessional approach relayed by a union of air traffic controllers. The DGAC warns that the activity of en-route air navigation centers, which manage aircraft circulating in French skies, will also be affected.

Carriers have also been called upon to reduce their flight schedules to Marseille-Provence by 20% and by 15% to Beauvais, the DGAC said in a press release. Consequently, from Thursday evening until 6 a.m. Saturday, air traffic will be disrupted on departure and arrival at Paris-Orly, Marseille-Provence and Beauvais airports.

The union which called for a strike is the USAC-CGT, a minority among air traffic controllers but already at the forefront in the spring in the mobilization against pension reform. Among the points defended by the USAC-CGT is the fact that “DGAC agents are starting to be impacted by the reform”. The organization also pointed the finger “more and more inequalities at the DGAC, particularly in terms of salaries” and criticized “the blasting of the public aviation service”.

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