Air France cancels flights on second day of strike

30th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

Air France was to cancel 20 percent of its scheduled flights Sunday on the second day of a cabin crew strike expected to last five days, including a major national holiday.

"On Sunday Air France will maintain 80 percent of its flights," the company said in a statement, apologising to passengers over a strike "for which there is no reason."

The management said that 88 percent of flights had run on the first day of the strike, Saturday, instead of the announced 80 percent.

Flight attendants are striking over plans to reduce the number of crew on some flights.

The uncertainty provoked outrage from some who had hoped to travel during France's Toussaint -- All Saints' -- holiday week.

"The strikers are taking people hostage. It's not normal," said angry passenger Francois Geoffroy at Paris' Orly airport.

The labour dispute comes after Air France-KLM reported a first quarter net loss of 197 million euros ($283 million) and warned that the outlook was uncertain for the rest of the year.

© 2011 AFP

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