Strike leaves hundreds stranded at Paris airport

11th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 11 (AFP) - Several hundred passengers were still waiting for flights out of Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport on Friday after spending the night there amid an air controllers' strike, airport sources said.

PARIS, March 11 (AFP) - Several hundred passengers were still waiting for flights out of Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport on Friday after spending the night there amid an air controllers' strike, airport sources said.

The passengers were unable to find hotel rooms after their flights were cancelled because of the strike against the privatisation of the state-owned airport operator Aeroports de Paris.

An Air France spokesman said the situation would not return to normal before Friday afternoon.

"We are laying on bigger planes than those initially scheduled to absorb our passengers from Thursday," the spokesman told AFP. "We hope to absorb all our passengers through the morning."

The strike coincided with nationwide actions that brought the capital's metro and bus system to a standstill, closed classrooms and government offices, and saw a mass demonstration by tens of thousands pressing the government to maintain the 35-hour work week and other benefits.

Most of the approximately 150 departing flights that were cancelled at Charles de Gaulle were to medium-haul destinations, airport sources said.

Another 90 arriving flights were cancelled.

At Paris's other main airport, Orly, cancellations were somewhat lower and fewer passengers were stranded because many live in the Paris area.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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