April 7, 2015 / 3:58 PM / 4 years ago

Controllers' strike to hit some Air France flights Wednesday

Air France planes are parked on the tarmac at the Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Roissy, near Paris on the second week of a strike by Air France pilots September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

PARIS (Reuters) - Air France (AIRF.PA) will cancel 40 percent of medium-haul flights on Wednesday due to an air traffic controllers’ strike, the domestic French network of Air France-KLM said on Tuesday.

The airline also warned of “major traffic disruption” and last-minute cancellations on its short-haul operations at Paris Orly and other French airports.

Two thirds of short-haul Orly flights and 40 percent of flights to and from other French airports operated by its HOP! Air France unit will be canceled, it said in a statement.

It said almost all long-haul flights would be unaffected.

France’s civil aviation authority said controllers had notified it of plans to strike on both Wednesday and Thursday.

The SANCTA controllers’ union said in a blog posting that it was protesting about “imprecise” offers from state employers regarding work conditions and retirement plans.

Reporting by Tim Hepher. Editing by Jane Merriman

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