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Air France flights to be hit by strikes on Thursday

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The French flag carrier is warning that one quarter of its flights will not operate

Air France has said that it will only be able to operate three quarters of its flights on Thursday, 22 February, because of strike action by pilots, cabin crew and ground staff.

The airline has warned about delays and disruptions to both domestic and international travellers.

Only 50 per cent of long-haul flights departing from Paris will take off, while 75 per cent of medium-haul flights to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and 85 per cent of short haul flights will operate.

In a statement, Air France said: “The flight schedule will be updated 24 hours in advance. Disruptions and delays are to be expected.

“Air France regrets this situation and is making every effort to minimise the inconvenience this strike action may cause to its customers.”

They advise passengers booked to travel on Thursday to monitor the status on their website, or to postpone or rearrange their trip.

60,000 messages and texts have been sent by the carrier to inform passengers of any disruption.

Air France has refused to increase the pay of workers by six per cent, resulting in a vote by trade unions to strike. Management has offered a rise of one per cent. This has been rejected the unions as “small change”.

Air France-KLM reported a 42 per cent increase in its operating profit to $1.83 billion in 2017.

Customers of who may be affected by the strike are advised to monitor their flight status on the Air France website. If affected, contact Customer Support by phone. Due to high volumes of incoming contacts, the waiting time might be longer than usual. Thank you for understanding.

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