Paris flights '100 percent normal' despite strike

24th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 24 (AFP) - Traffic at the two Paris airports of Orly and Roissy-Charles de Gaulle was "100 percent normal" Thursday morning, Air France said, despite the threat of a strike by runway workers.

PARIS, Feb 24 (AFP) - Traffic at the two Paris airports of Orly and Roissy-Charles de Gaulle was "100 percent normal" Thursday morning, Air France said, despite the threat of a strike by runway workers.

The call for a strike was having "no affect" on flights, and weather conditions were good following the heavy snowfall that caused major delays at Paris airports on Wednesday.

Several unions representing Air France ground crew said they would stage a 24-hour strike Thursday to protest the suspension of one worker suspected of being at least partly to blame for the death of a flight attendant who fell from a mobile stairway.

Runway workers at Orly Airport had staged work stoppages over the weekend causing cancellations or delays in Air France flights.

On February 1 a 35-year-old flight attendant, a mother of two, died from injuries sustained when she fell from the top of a stairway as it was moved away from the aircraft.

Transport Minister Gilles de Robien said Wednesday that there had been a dozen accidents involving such stairways in the past five years.

The chief executive of Air France, Jean-Cyril Spinetta, said he thought that points raised by an inspection of the mobile staircases did not appear to be pertinent to the accident.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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