UK tourists heading to France warned '70 per cent of flights could be cancelled'

UK tourists in France have been warned over more airport strikes set to cause chaos with fears up to 70% of flights could be cancelled. French air traffic controllers have filed a strike notice for next week - the latest action in their ongoing dispute over working conditions.

Air traffic controllers at Paris Orly Airport have confirmed strike action will take place later this month. The Unsa-Icna union, the second largest for air traffic controllers in the country, filed the strike motion today (June 5), over disagreements on new regulations for workers.

The proposed strike action is centralised on Orly, and no other airports look set to be affected. Last month, UK tourists heading abroad for half-term were rocked by disruption. The strike is going to be "very strongly followed", said Pascal de Izaguirre, the head of FNAM, an umbrella group of French aviation industry unions.

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He said 75 percent of flights could be cancelled at Paris Orly airport and 65 percent at Charles de Gaulle, the capital's main airport. Those figures were confirmed late on Tuesday by a source with knowledge of the cancellations, with airlines also being forced to cancel 65 percent of flights in the southern city of Marseille.

France's DGAC aviation authority is also telling airlines to cut 60 percent of flights at both the Toulouse and Nice airports, and 50 percent at other regional airports. The strike action is due to disagreements over pay rises and and recruitment.

A union source told local press: "Orly is clearly relegated to second place by the DGAC compared to the other Parisian airport [Charles de Gaulle], despite the fact that it has a similar strategic importance." Airlines will be informed about the level of cancellations required 48 hours before by the French Civil Aviation authority.

Ryanair has already cancelled 100 flights for tomorrow.