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Old 4th Apr 2006, 12:54
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Latest word on the grapevine is that the strike is now UFN. I hear it will soon be officially extended until Saturday.
I cannot get over how grossly unfair it is to hold the rest of Europe to ransom over an internal French matter.
There are people all over Europe working like Trojans to sort out the mess this has caused and we are all supposed to take it on the chin and get on with it.
Wouldn't it be great if the rest of Europe got ourselves organised to persecute any French interests when this mess is all over. A kind of focused industrial action by the rest of us. Completely unfair I know, but that's exactly what is being inflicted now, completely unfair and unreasonable persecution of innocent parties.
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(I already started a new thread without realising this was here, in case anyone happens to notice the similarities.)

Do we know of any type of schedule for French ATC industrial action? I lost one flight already (7/3, BRS-MAD) and have imminent return flights BRS-BCN ansd BCN-EAP which I am getting concerned about given todays events.
Any insight appreciated.
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The French are on strike until 0400 on the 6th April, this is probably going to be extended on a daily basis until at least Saturday.
Flights to/from UK/Barcelona later on this evening could be badly delayed due to industrial action by controllers in Brest ACC. Things can change pretty quickly though. Yesterday evening 22000 mins of delay was wiped out when more controllers than expected turned up to work in Brest. You will just have to keep an eye on the information published on CFMU applications.
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Old 4th Apr 2006, 17:11
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I expect a lot of us in the industry, as well as the affected public, are deeply sympathetic to your views on 'payback'. The problem is one of how to target any action at those who caused the problems and not then have an effect on anyone else who is not the cause of the original problem, e.g French citizens who did not take part in the strike, foreign nationals on board French aircraft, etc.

Shame the EU doesn't have the balls to do something on our behalf. It's probably the only feasible way of an appropriate action (cut subsidies to French transport, ask for all the illegal state aid given to Air France over the years back, that kind of stuff). Probably come up with some argument or other that it's not in the rules to take such action on a member state.
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The way to solve the problem is for NATS to take over the whole of Western Europe and do it all from Swanwick when Caspian comes on line!
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Purely self-interest: will flights from Glasgow to Faro suffer from bolshy frogitis i.e. tomorrow (5th) and Sunday (9th)?
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Any idea if they are going to be striking on or around 12 April as I am due to fly to Nice!
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The whole situation was so volatile today that it's difficult to know which flights will be affected and when, but as a general rule I would say Glasgow to Faro tomorrow, yes it will be affected. Sunday is anybody's guess. 12th April? I, among thousands of others, sincerely hope the matter is sorted out by then. It would seem it's a matter of when the French government cave in, sorry "reach a compromise".
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