70% of flights canceled this Saturday at Paris-Orly

70% of flights canceled this Saturday at Paris-Orly
70% of flights canceled this Saturday at Paris-Orly

By Le Figaro with AFP

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Two unions filed a strike notice on Thursday to demand “adequate staffing”, after signing an agreement with the DGAC.

The General Directorate of Civil Aviation asked airlines on Friday to preventively cancel 70% of flights at Paris-Orly on Saturday, due to the call for a strike by two air traffic controllers unions. “Air operators must reduce their commercial flight schedule for the day of May 25, 2024 from 4:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. by 70% (…) at Paris-Orly airport”according to one “notice for air missions” (NOTAM) published by the DGAC.

Flights to overseas territories, many of which depart from Orly, are not affected by these requests for reductions in the name of the “territorial continuity”, specifies Civil Aviation. Unsa-Icna, the second representative union of air traffic controllers (17% in the last professional elections), called a strike to demand “adequate staffing”according to her not guaranteed by an agreement signed at the end of April between the DGAC and the main controllers’ union, the SNCTA (60% of the votes).

Strike notice maintained

“Our managers persist, for Orly, in stinginess and apothecary calculations which will quickly reduce the teams to understaffing”, affirmed Unsa-Icna in a leaflet. According to the union organization, the agreement signed at the last minute at the end of April does not resolve the issue of “understaffed” which are emerging at Orly, according to her, by 2027.

This agreement on support measures, in particular salary, for the planned overhaul of air traffic control in France had been rejected by Unsa-Icna, as well as by the third representative union, Usac-CGT, which had maintained a prior notice strike for April 25. This movement resulted in the cancellation of several thousand flights in France and Europe. At the same time as the Unsa-Icna mobilization in Orly, the Usac-CGT filed a strike notice from May 23 to 30 to specifically protest against the weakening of the “territorial network” planned according to the union by the air traffic control reform.

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