Air France strike to go on

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29 October 2007, PARIS (AFP) - The Air France flight attendants union announced Sunday that a strike will continue into the fifth day, until midnight Monday.

29 October 2007

PARIS (AFP) - The Air France flight attendants union announced Sunday that a strike will continue into the fifth day, until midnight Monday.

But Air France said this action was not expected to affect the majority of its flights, as it estimated that 70 percent of flights could be handled.

French Transport Secretary Dominique Bussereau went to Paris' Orly airport with Air France General Director Pierre-Henri Gourgeon on Sunday to reassure passengers that the company was looking after disgruntled passengers who have had to deal with four days of cancelled flights.

"We will generously reimburse passengers," Gourgeon said.

About 10 flights out of the 25 scheduled were cancelled at Orly on Sunday morning, although departure screens only reflected two cancellations.

At Charles De Gaulle Airport, the place hardest hit by long-haul flight cancellations, passengers waited patiently in long lines, as their situation appeared to be less tense than the day before.

In trying to deal with harsh criticism, Air France explained Sunday that the "preventative" cancellations announced on their Internet site and based on the estimated number of strikers, did not allow them to "totally avoid" the large number of cancellations.

AFP

Subject: French news

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