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Thousands Stranded As Air France Cancels Flights

Going by reports, about 30 percent of Air France flights were cancelled as strikes over pay rises intensified. This is affecting international and domestic travel, which account for a quarter of flights at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports.

The Airline is urging passengers to check the status of their flights before coming to the airport.
It is also offering to change tickets for free.

The walkout comes amid a turbulent period for travel in France, with most French trains stopping as a strike over the French president Emmanuel Macron’s economic reforms continue on Saturday night and is set to last through Monday.

The strike is Air France’s fifth since February, and the number of cancelled flights is rising.

This week, unions announced more strikes will take place in April to coincide with national rail walkouts.Air France unions want 6 percent pay raises after years of salary freezes. Air France is offering 1 percent raises, saying anything higher will hurt its turnaround efforts.

The strikes have been costing Air France some €20m (£17.5m) a day and have hurt its share price.

Meanwhile, the SNCF national railway announced 80 percent of high-speed trains and two-thirds of regional trains will be cancelled starting on Saturday night as unions stage another two-day walkout.

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