France – strike disrupts flights, travel
A nationwide strike in France has affected hundreds of flights and is disrupting transport networks in some areas.
The French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) has requested that airlines reduce their flights from Paris CDG, Paris Orly, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux airports. In a statement on its website, Air France has advised that 15% of its medium-haul flights and 30% of domestic flights will be reduced. Long-haul flights are still operational.
The airline added that last-minute delays and cancellations were possible for December 6 and 7. Flight programmes will be adjusted the day before, following DGAC recommendations.
Media report that public transport has also been affected, and this is likely to continue at the weekend. Train operators Eurostar and Thalys, which run international services, have cancelled at least half their services linking Paris with London and Brussels. Eurostar will operate a reduced timetable until December 10, the BBC reports.