Third day of French strike halted

Air traffic controllers in France have called off the third day of a walkout planned for tomorrow.

Some 1,800 flights were cancelled out of about 7,650 scheduled yesterday and a similar number are expected to be affected today.

Larger French airports have been hardest hit, with half of flights out of Paris, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux cancelled.

Air traffic controllers had walked out in protest against EU plans to liberalise civil airspace on Tuesday, arguing plans for a ‘Single European Sky’ would hit working conditions and result in job cuts.

However, the third day of action was called off after moves from France and Germany to delay the project.

French transport minister Frederic Cuvillier announced he and his German counterpart had handed the European transport commissioner a memorandum asking for the project to be frozen, arguing national authorities need more time to adapt to the planned organisation.

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