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MIPCOM ’13: French air traffic unions planning new strike action

Travel disruptions for MIPCOM attendees may still be a reality come the close of the market, with word that two French air traffic control unions have planned strike action on Thursday, October 10.
October 9, 2013

Travel disruptions for MIPCOM attendees may still be a reality come the close of the market, with word that two French air traffic control unions have planned strike action on Thursday, October 10.

According to a travel advisory the two unions, the UNSA-ICNA and SPAC-CFDT, are looking at staging a walkout on the day that would potentially impact flights from or to southern France, Spain, Portugal and North Africa.

Meanwhile, according to a travel update from MIPCOM organizers Reed MIDEM, flights to Paris from the Nice airport may be specifically impacted in the form of delays, and French civil aviation authorities have advised airlines to reduce flights on the day by 20%. It’s recommended that passengers contact their airlines for more details, as more developments may occur over the course of today.

As with an earlier action that was originally scheduled for October 10 by the larger European air traffic control union, ATCEUC, but subsequently postponed, the French air traffic control unions are protesting the European Commission ‘single sky’ proposal that would effectively reconfigure European airspace. The unions say such a move could threaten passenger safety and job security.

 

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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