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Air France strike grounds half its flights

An Air France Airbus A330 aircraft takes off at Charles-de-Gaulle airport, 14 September 2014.
An Air France Airbus A330 aircraft takes off at Charles-de-Gaulle airport, 14 September 2014. Reuters/Christian Hartmann

Air France grounded half its flights on Monday as pilots begin a strike against the company's plan to develop its low-cost operation Transavia.

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"I can't return home" said a passenger at Charles de Gaulle airport. "I simply have to get to Munich today and I have to find a solution" said another one. "They have changed my connection and  I will be one hour delayed but it's fine!", another said.

Several passengers were stranded on Monday morning as the week-long strike kicked-off.

Air France sent 65,000 text messages to passengers affected by the strike and deployed some 7,000 extra-workers.

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"We expect to be able to run 48 per cent of our flights" said Air France's director of operations Catherine June.

But unions have called for a week-long strike, the longest at the company since 1998 and warned that 8 out of 10 flights could be cancelled.

Unions fear that Air France -KLM's low-cost operation Transavia could lead to jobs being outsourced , social dumping and pilots being employed on local foreign contracts.

"Negotiations are not over" said Alexandre de Juniac CEO of Air France-KLM. "We will still talk and make proposals to pilots".

Air France put the daily losses from the strike at 10 to 15 million euro.

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