Airport strikes: yesterday in France, this morning in Geneva

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A strike of Air traffic controllers Thursday at private flight airport Beauvais but also those of Brest And Carcassonnewhile this Friday morning that of Geneva staff will block all flights until 10:00 a.m.

Whereas the day before the management of the airport of Beauvais-Tille predicted “only” 50% of canceled flights, it was ultimately all take-offs that were stopped on June 29, 2023, following a strike launched by the air traffic controllers’ union USACgt. Affecting about fifty flights mainly with the airline Ryanair low costbut also at Wizz Air And easyJetand causing cancellations or diversions to Lille and Charleroi for arrivals.

More unexpectedly, the airports of Brest-Brittany and of Carcassonne-South of France have also been affected by the strike movement, with 16 departures canceled for the first (at Air France, Chalair, easyJet Or Transavia among others) and the cancellation of 5 rotations of Ryanair in the second.

And this Friday morning, it’s the turn of the passengers to Geneva-Cointrin to see their travel plans upset, a strike from 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. having been announced by the staff of the platform to protest against the management which validated a new wage policy. Jamshid Pouranpir, union secretary of the Air Transport SSP, explains in a press release that the “new remuneration policy” wants to cut staff salaries (which the airport denies), and that ” despite its 60 million Swiss francs in profits in 2022 and the projection of 100 million for 2023 “. The possible continuation of the movement will be decided during the day; this is the first time that Cointrin has been affected by a strike by staff employed under public law contracts.

In the meantime, the cancellation of flights multiplied in Geneva this Friday morning: about twenty at easyJet for example to Nice, London-Gatwick, Porto or Split (about fifteen others have been rescheduled, in particular to Athens, Mykonos or Tel-Aviv), and thirteen to SWISS for example to Brussels, Frankfurt, London-Heathrow or Valencia (eleven others have been rescheduled). Without forgetting Air France to Paris-CDG, KLM to Amsterdam or other Lufthansa, TAP Air Portugal, Air Dolomiti, British Airways, Vueling Or Iberiawhich were also forced to remove rotations.

On long-haul, departures were delayed until the announced end of the strike to New York with United Airlines and to Doha with qatarairways.

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