They found an “agreement” with their supervisory ministry.

The main union of French air traffic controllers announced on Wednesday that it had lifted its three-day strike notice at the end of September.

“End of conciliation at the ministry: an agreement finally reached, the SNCTA lifts its notice”, wrote in a brief message on its website the National Union of Air Traffic Controllers, the majority among air traffic controllers.

The SNCTA did not give more details, promising a “press release to follow”.

Attempts to reach his national office were unsuccessful Wednesday noon.

Asked by AFP, the Ministry of Transport was unable to immediately confirm the end of this social conflict, nor to specify the outlines of a possible agreement to put an end to it.

“More than 2,400 flights” canceled in Europe

The SNCTA, mobilized for an increase in wages in a context of high inflation, as well as for an acceleration of recruitment in order to anticipate a wave of retirements, had called for a strike from September 28 to 30, after a first day action last Friday.

The latter had led the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) to ask airlines operating flights departing from or arriving on French territory to preventively cancel 50% of their program, i.e. a thousand aircraft movements. planes.

In total, the strike resulted in the removal of "more than 2,400 flights" in Europe out of the 31,000 planned, said Monday the air traffic monitoring body Eurocontrol.

The “single European sky”

From the same source, other movements of aircraft suffered significant delays, of the order of 45 minutes for each trip overflying French territory.

The main association of airlines, Iata, considered "welcome that French air traffic controllers have canceled their next strikes", in a message published on Wednesday on its Twitter account.

"Friday's unnecessary strike caused delays, cancellations, increased costs and CO2 emissions," Iata said.

The organization also called for "an end to the cycle of hostage-taking by airlines" and urged the European Union to set up the "single European sky".

This reform, launched nearly 20 years ago but which is struggling to succeed, aims to move from a traffic organization system dependent on national borders to a coherent zone where aircraft trajectories would approach a straight line, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving time and money.


Air traffic controllers' strike: At least 1,000 flights canceled in France, airports closed


Controllers' strike: A thousand flights canceled in France this Friday

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