Air traffic controller strike cancelled but delays persist at Paris airports

Air travelers experienced significant disruptions Thursday, despite air traffic controllers’ decision to cancel a strike after last-minute negotiations. Flight operations were substantially reduced because adjustments were made ahead of the proposed industrial action to schedules. French civil aviation authorities had preemptively requested airlines to significantly cut their flights – by 75% at Paris-Orly, 55% at Charles-de-Gaulle, and 65% at Marseille-Provence, with varying reductions across other airports. As a result, operations were severely limited, also affecting international flights that cross French airspace. While the flights that did operate faced only moderate delays, significant cancellations and scheduling adjustments led to continued travel difficulties for thousands of passengers. The fallout was particularly noticeable at major airports like Paris-Orly, where delays compounded the day’s challenges.