A quarter of flights canceled at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport

About a quarter of flights scheduled for Thursday morning at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport have been canceled due to a strike by airport workers demanding wage increases, Aéroports de Paris (ADP) said.

The Directorate-General for Civil Aviation (DGAC) has urged airlines to reduce flights between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, as several European airports have recently faced major difficulties managing travelers due to staff shortages.

Air France, the main carrier at the Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle hub, said it had canceled 85 short- and medium-haul flights on Thursday to meet DGAC requirements.

“Flight schedule changes on long-haul flights” are also planned, the company added, specifying that “affected customers will be contacted directly.”

All the unions at Roissy airport (CGT, FO, CFDT, CFTC, CFE-CGC, Unsa and SUD) call on all platform workers to mobilize and demand a salary increase of 300 euros “unconditionally for everyone”.

“Despite the resumption of traffic and the profits made, our work is not paid adequately,” the unions wrote in a joint leaflet. “Everything goes up except our pay,” they denounce.

For FO, “the chaos that the employees of the many airport platforms in France and Europe have suffered for several weeks is unbearable”. The union estimates that 15,000 jobs have been lost in the aviation sector in two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in “workers under pressure”.

At the end of April, the President of ADP had announced that 4000 positions on the Orly and Roissy airport platforms had to be filled as he faced major recruitment problems.

After two lean years related to the pandemic, air travel in Europe is back on track and gradually returning to 2019 levels.

The lack of staff has already led to great chaos at some European airports, for example in Amsterdam-Schiphol or Frankfurt, where flights have had to be canceled in recent weeks due to staff shortages.

Hundreds of flights were canceled in the UK last week for the same reason.

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