Airlines asked to cancel flights as France May Day strike looms

Several airports across France have been asked to cancel flights amid more strike disruption on 1 May.

France strikes are planned on Monday as air traffic controllers walk out.

France’s civil aviation authority says the strikes is expected to heavily impact Paris airports Orly, CDG and Beauvais, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes and Nice.

The next series of the long-running France protests are planned nationwide for May Day, with flights likely affected from Sunday 30 April until early on Tuesday 2 May.

Air traffic controllers have also been conducting their own rolling strikes independent of the countrywide pension protests.

Even travellers only overflying France could be disrupted.

The DGAC civil aviation authority asked airlines to cancel one-third of scheduled flights at Orly Airport and 25% at Charles de Gaulle, Nice and Beauvais.

It wants 33% of flights grounded at the other airports too.

Around 3,700 flights overfly France every day.

About 6% of UK departures were delayed because of French ATC strikes between 1 March and 9 April, according to data from Eurocontrol.

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