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French air strike disrupted business trip

Jun 14 2013 16:26
A strike by French air traffic controllers left hu

A strike by French air traffic controllers left hundreds of passengers stranded. (AFP)

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This week air traffic was disrupted by a strike by air traffic controllers in France. The strike ended on Thursday.

A Fin24 user affected by the strike, wrote:

I am part of an official delegation attending a conference in Bilbao, Spain.

Our flight from South Africa landed in Frankfurt at 05:30 on Thursday morning and we were due to fly to Bilbao at 11:30.

Around 09:30 the problems started and the flight was delayed until 11:30. At 10:30 it was cancelled.

All flights to Barcelona, Malaga, Palma and Mallorca were also cancelled. We were stranded at the Frankfurt airport for 11 hours.

At airport in Frankfurt we encountered a Canadian official, who said their flight was going to be rerouted via Brussels. I heard later that their flight never left, leaving them stranded.

I also met an American couple from Washington DC who was rerouted via Brussels to Barcelona. I heard they have missed the first part of the conference.

The French airspace was closed and we ended up having to fly to Bilbao via Munich in order to stay out of French airspace. Instead of our original plans to arrive at 14:00 on Wednesday, we arrived in Bilbao at 23:00.

Some of the delegates still had not arrived at the conference by Thursday.

The delay disrupted our preparations before the start of the conference.


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