Orly airport flight chaos as strike continues

20th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 21 (AFP) - Air France ground staff at Paris's Orly airport voted to continue a strike on Monday, threatening further disruption of flights in and out of the French capital.

PARIS, Feb 21 (AFP) - Air France ground staff at Paris's Orly airport voted to continue a strike on Monday, threatening further disruption of flights in and out of the French capital.

The strike, called to protest the suspension of a worker after the accidental death of a flight attendant, was due to continue until at least early afternoon on Monday, Paris time.

The action already caused major flight cancellations at the weekend, with only around half of all Air France flights into and out of the airport south of Paris being assured.

Early on Monday the French national carrier said that 70 percent of its flights serving the airport were taking place normally.

Air France's ground staff went on strike Friday to protest the suspension of one of their colleagues after a flight attendant accidentally fell to her death from the top of a mobile stairway on February 1 as passengers were disembarking.

Hundreds of passengers were left stranded by the weekend work stoppage at Orly, which coincided with the start of winter vacations for Parisian schoolchildren.

Unions have demanded that the worker be reinstated and that a March 3 hearing about his possible firing for gross misconduct be cancelled.

But Air France chairman Jean-Cyril Spinetta said Saturday he could not stop the disciplinary action.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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