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French airport workers strike for higher pay amid inflation

PARIS (AP) – Flights from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris and other French airports faced disruptions yesterday as airport workers held a strike and protests to demand salary hikes to keep up with inflation.

The labour action is the latest trouble to hit global airports this summer, as travel resurges after two years of virus restrictions.

French airports have been largely spared the chaos seen recently in London, Amsterdam and some other European and United States (US) cities. But yesterday, striking workers sought to call attention to the pain of inflation with a walkout on the first big day of France’s domestic summer travel season. France’s civil aviation authority said 17 per cent of scheduled flights out of Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports in Paris were cancelled between 7am and 2pm yesterday, primarily short-haul routes.

Protests were planned at both airports, and the Paris airports authority warned of potential delays in getting into terminals and at check-in, passport control and security stations.

Unions said the strike could last through Sunday.

Paris airport workers are seeking a six per cent raise retroactive to January 1, while management is proposing three per cent, according to French media reports.

Passengers wait at Charles de Gaulle airport while strikers gather outside the terminal in Paris. PHOTO: AP