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Air France says strike disruptions to hit flights on Thursday

23 February 2018

The plans of thousands of holidaymakers have been hit by an Air France strike on Thursday that has grounded half the airline's long-haul flights and many short-haul services.

Customers are advised to call the airport in advance while those whose flight is cancelled, are promised to receive a full refund by the carrier.

The strike will see 50 percent of long-haul flights out of Paris cancelled on Thursday as pilots and ground crews join the industrial action in a bid to secure higher salaries.

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The airline said it would assure 75 percent of medium-haul flights and 85 percent of short-haul flights during the day.

A number of prominent unions representing Air France pilots and cabin-crew, including the Syndicat National des Pilotes de Ligne (SNPL) pilots' union and the Syndicat National du Personnel Navigant Commercial (SNPNC) cabin-crew union, said the current pay offer is "well below employees' expectations".

Bookings can be changed on the carrier's website at no extra cost. "Daily working conditions of staff are worse and their targets do not correlate with the means that are given to them", said Christophe Maloggi from the FO union.

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Passengers whose reservations had to be cancelled were being contacted on Wednesday, Air France said.

In 2017, the airline's fortunes improved dramatically, with operating profits soaring 42 percent to 1.49 billion euros ($1.84 billion), around one-third of which came from Air France.

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Air France says strike disruptions to hit flights on Thursday