dozens of flights canceled at Roissy this Saturday, fear for the holidays

dozens of flights canceled at Roissy this Saturday, fear for the holidays

The French airport is the most affected by a social conflict relating to wages and working conditions, a few days before the start of the summer holidays.

Dozens of flights will be canceled this Saturday at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle, the French airport most affected by a social conflict over wages and working conditions, which also risks affecting the start of the summer holidays. within a week.

The firefighters of Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle (CDG), the first French airport, have been on strike since Thursday, forcing the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) to request preventive cancellations of flights: part of the runways must be closed for safety reasons.

These cancellations will affect one flight in five between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. this Saturday departing from or arriving at CDG, a deterioration after one flight in six the day before and the day before, warned the administration.

Orly not affected

On Friday, around a hundred aircraft movements out of 1,300 had been canceled at Roissy. The other major airport in the Paris region, Orly, was not affected.

“The movement continues among firefighters”, who are “dissatisfied with management’s proposals” on their salary scale, said Friday evening Daniel Bertone, secretary general of the CGT of Groupe ADP, the manager of Paris airports.

On the same day, the firefighters were joined by other employees of ADP and subcontractors as part of an inter-union and inter-professional movement for wages and working conditions, the notice of which runs all week. -end.

New notices for next weekend

According to Daniel Bertone, new notices have also been filed for next weekend, which will mark the start of the summer school holidays and traditionally sees a peak in attendance.

Friday’s negotiations, which did not succeed, concerned wages within the Groupe ADP, majority controlled by the State. According to the CGT trade unionist, employees are demanding a 6% revaluation with retroactive effect from January 1, to compensate for inflation; management proposed 4% by July 1, he said.

He noticed that this increase did not catch up with the approximately 5% drop accepted by employees as part of the cost reduction plan decided by ADP in the face of the Covid-19 crisis in 2020-2021.

The management did not confirm the figures mentioned by the CGT, confining itself to conceding that “the negotiations were unsuccessful, but the social dialogue remains open”.

10% of short and medium-haul flights canceled

In addition to the cancellations, the strike, affecting in particular the screening and handling inspection stations, resulted in “some delays” on Friday according to ADP.

Like the previous two days, Air France announced the cancellation of around 10% of its short and medium-haul flights on Saturday. Long-haul flights will not be affected.

At the call of an inter-union FO-CGT-CFE-CGC, a strike notice was also filed from Friday to Monday in Marseille-Provence, but its management did not foresee either cancellation or delay, personnel having been requisitioned by decree prefectural.

In Ile-de-France airports, ADP invites passengers to arrive “three hours (before the flight) for an international flight” and “two hours for a domestic or European flight”.

The government wants to “find a way out of the crisis”

The government will “continue to exchange with the unions to find a way out of the crisis”, assured Olivia Grégoire, spokesperson for the government, on Friday. “The idea that our compatriots cannot go on vacation is not viable,” she added.

The day before, associations of tour operators had estimated that the disruptions at airports in recent weeks “raise fears of the worst for the holidays and travel of French men and women”.

Eurocontrol, the body for monitoring air traffic on the Old Continent, estimates that it could return in August to up to 95% of its 2019 level, before the health crisis which divided attendance by three in 2020.

However, the summer promises to be very difficult for the sector, which is struggling to regain its operational efficiency after the pandemic and is experiencing many social movements, within companies and airport facilities.