Disruption at French airports as strike enters fourth day

19th December 2011, Comments 1 comment

Passengers were facing delays at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris and cancellations at Lyon's airport Monday as a strike by security workers during the busy holiday season entered a fourth day.

A spokeswoman for Aeroports de Paris, which runs the capital's airports, said passengers should expect delays at security checkpoints at Charles de Gaulle but that the city's other main airport, Orly, was operating normally.

The Lyon-Saint Exupery airport, France's fourth busiest, was most badly hit by the strike, with 30 percent of flights cancelled. Other flights were facing delays and the airport warned that large baggage such as skis and golf bags would not be allowed through security checkpoints.

The strike was launched Friday by unions demanding improved working conditions and salary increases. Negotiations on Sunday aimed at ending the strike failed.

© 2011 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • Peter Haslam posted:

    on 20th December 2011, 19:01:48 - Reply

    I was caught up in this strike action on Friday 16th at Lyon, not only where the security staff on strike the Air France check in staff had walked out to. This meant that there were no Boarding cards available or any one to help you. Most passengers where trying to get to Switzerland or Spain to find alternative flights .When I arrived at the airport at midday it was chaos with passengers who should of left on early morning flights still there. After a striker’s meeting ended at about 14.00h it became clear that the strike could last for days so there was no point anyone staying in Lyon hoping for a flight the next day
    My flight was due to leave for Manchester via CDG at 17.00 however I travelled back to the UK by leaving Lyon at 16.04 with a TGV and Eurostar ticket to London and travelling on to Manchester airport. I arrived there at 00.30 to a car frozen solid with a flat tyre - if I hadn’t had enough already! The flight should have landed at about 21.30 so I was about 3 hours behind .The cost of all this to me was about £300...

    This is typical of French workers who always strike at holiday periods and have been doing so for as long as I can remember.