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Hundreds of European flights hit by air traffic control strike

(CNN) — Hundreds of flights have been canceled and 1000’s of passengers pressured to alter plans as French air traffic controllers took industrial motion over pay on Friday.

Europe’s greatest airline Ryanair grounded 420 of its flights throughout Europe because the 24-hour strike affected connections from airports across the continent. Rival price range provider EasyJet was warning of extreme delays and disruption.

Members of France’s Syndicat National des Contrôleurs du Trafic Aérien, or SNCTA, the principle union for traffic controllers within the nation, started hanging from 6 a.m. central European time (00:00 a.m. ET) Friday. Knock-on disruptions are anticipated to hold on into Monday.

The union mentioned it was calling the motion after negotiations stalled with the federal government over pay rises consistent with inflation.

“After several months spent negotiating to get fair and adapted answers, SNCTA… laments the lack of concrete elements and guarantees from public authorities,” it mentioned in a press release.

More delays

French aviation authorities warned as much as 50% of flights could possibly be affected by the strike.

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Paris Aéroport, which owns and manages 14 civil airports and airfields within the Île-de-France (Paris) space, warned on Thursday to count on “significant” delays and cancellations on arrivals and departures.

Many flights passing over French airspace have been additionally affected. Barcelona Airport’s departure board confirmed greater than 50 flights delayed or canceled after midday Friday. In Germany, Hamburg Airport mentioned 48 out of the day’s 251 flights had been canceled by noon native time and additional delays and cancellations have been potential.

Earlier within the week, France’s Directorate General for Civil Aviation warned that as much as 50% of the nation’s flights could possibly be affected and urged passengers to contact airways and postpone journey.

The SNCTA has mentioned {that a} strike scheduled for 28 September might go forward.

Disruption was additionally anticipated on Monday as London’s Heathrow airport mentioned some flights can be canceled or delayed to maintain airspace silent throughout occasions to mark the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

CNN’s Arnaud Siad and Peter Taggart contributed to this story.

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