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Air France pilots to strike in September

Paris-Orly Sud airport, south of Paris
Paris-Orly Sud airport, south of Paris AFP/Eric Piermont

Airline pilots at Air France are to strike from 15-22 September. The largest pilots’ trade union at the company has issued the strike call to press for more consultation over reorganisation of short and medium-haul flights.

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If it goes ahead, the strike will hit domestic and European flights, the SNPL AF Alpa union said on Thursday.

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It says it is not against the plan, announced in July, to switch some routes to Air France’s regional arm, Hop!, and its low-cost carrier Transavia.

But it claims there have been no “constructive and structured dialogue”.

“We had the impression that everything was decided in advance,” said SNPL president Jean-Louis Barber.

The union wants Air France to set up a dingle pool of pilots to fly on all its airlines.

Air France airport staff staged strikes in August over wages and working conditions.

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