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Many flights cancelled amid strike

10 February 2012 08:28

The Air France strike is expected to last until Friday

The Air France strike is expected to last until Friday

Air France announced that it was cancelling two-fifths of its long-haul flights after pilots walked out for a third day during a week of industrial action.

Pilots and other workers at the airline are striking over their rights to launch industrial action without prior warning.

Passengers were left checking their travel insurance policies after the airline warned them to rearrange flights booked for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - when the strike is due to end.

On Wednesday, the third consecutive day of industrial action, Air France said that it had cancelled 40% of long-distance flights. However, nearly three-quarters of short-haul flights were operational, it added.

The strikers walked out over government proposals to enforce a two-day prior warning rule around further walkouts.