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MIPCOM organizers plan travel clinic as potential strike looms

MIPCOM organizer Reed Midem is setting up a 'travel clinic' at next week's market in Cannes to provide travel help and advice, as the prospect of a European Air Traffic Controllers strike on October 10 looms.
October 2, 2013

MIPCOM organizer Reed Midem is setting up a ‘travel clinic’ at next week’s market in Cannes to provide travel help and advice, as the prospect of a European Air Traffic Controllers strike on October 10 looms.

Realscreen first reported on the possibility of a pan-European Air Traffic Controllers strike happening on September 10 and, at press time, it appears as though the strike is going ahead, although the extent of the disruption to flights across Europe – whether in the form of delays or cancellations – is still unknown.

French law demands that at least 50% of French flights are maintained during any industrial action, and the French Civil Aviation Authority has informed Reed Midem that airlines normally maintain long-haul international flights during industrial action.

However, the organization is advising MIPCOM attendees to contact their airlines to determine how they intend to handle their flights on October 10 and whether delegates should adapt their travel plans.

In addition, Reed Midem will be operating a ‘travel clinic’ in the MIPCOM registration zone, as of October 8, to provide “travel advice, make new reservations and issue airline tickets if necessary.”

On October 9 and 10, the conference will add more buses to the shuttle fleet between Cannes and Nice airport that operate on the hour, every hour, between 1 p.m. French time and 9 p.m. French time. In addition, the number of taxis available on October 9 will be increased, with dispatchers on hand to encourage taxi sharing.

Should connecting flights originating in Nice be impacted on October 10, train services from Cannes are available to European destinations including London, Milan, Geneva, Frankfurt and Brussels. Train tickets can be booked via voyages-sncf.co.uk.

Realscreen will update on the situation as and when new information becomes available.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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