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Sunday 18 February 2018

France warns of air strike chaos

Heathrow could be left behind by foreign rivals if a third runway isn't built
Heathrow could be left behind by foreign rivals if a third runway isn't built

France's main airports are asking airlines to halve their number of flights ahead of three days of strikes by air traffic controllers that begin on Tuesday in France and will spread throughout Europe on Wednesday.

Both Paris airports warned of massive travel disruptions this week as air traffic controllers protest plans to centralise control of Europe's airspace.

The strikes coincide with a speech in Strasbourg by the EU's commissioner for transportation, who is asking to speed up the plan as inefficiencies in Europe's airspace costs airlines and customers 5 billion euros (£4.25 billion) annually.

Press Association

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