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

Controllers' strike to hit some Air France flights Wednesday

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.

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

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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