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It's probably a bad idea to fly to France tomorrow

Air traffic controllers are going on strike – and lots of flights will be affected.

Image: Andrew Milligan/PA

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS in France were poised to go on strike tomorrow, likely leading to cancellation of some 40% of flights in French airspace.

“Disruption is expected over the whole country,” said the DGAC civil aviation authority, which requested companies to scrap 40% of flights as a preventative measure.

The main air traffic controllers’ union, the SNCTA, has also urged industrial action on 16-18 April and 29 April to 2 May.

They are calling for talks over working practices and retirement age, currently set at 59 for air traffic controllers.

The SNCTA union had originally threatened to go on strike earlier but scrapped the industrial action in the wake of the Germanwings crash that killed 150 people.

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