Flight delays as strikes hit French airports

9th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 9 (AFP) - Strikes are expected to cause delays to both incoming and outgoing flights at Paris' Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports on Wednesday, airport officials said.

PARIS, Feb 9 (AFP) - Strikes are expected to cause delays to both incoming and outgoing flights at Paris' Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports on Wednesday, airport officials said.

Unions at Aeroports de Paris (ADP), the Paris airport operator, have called the strike in response to plans to privatise the state-owned company.

Under the privatisation bill, the capital of the main French airports is to be opened up to private investors, while some big regional airports could be sold outright.

Unions are seeking guarantees that staff will retain their current status and work conditions, and that there will be no job cuts following the privatisation.

ADP operates the vast Charles de Gaulle airport north of Paris, and the Orly airport south of the capital as well as a dozen smaller airports in the region.

Separately, around 300 security employees at Charles de Gaulle airport were holding an open-ended strike over pay and holiday entitlements.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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