If you are flying into or out of Berlin, Germany or Paris, France today, you may want to check with your carrier before heading to the airport. That’s because strikes are affecting flights at two of Berlin’s major airports (Tegel and Schönefeld) and two of Paris’ major airports (Charles de Gaulle and Orly).
In Berlin, workers walked after they did not receive the higher wages they had demanded. The strike ended after six hours, delaying over 20 flights. The workers might have returned to their posts, but they promised more strikes if a new deal is not worked out.
Meanwhile in Paris, strikes are occuring across the city and most of the country as workers protest the government’s plan to increase the retirement age to over 60. France currently has one of the lowest retirement ages in Europe. Charles de Gaulle is expected to fly 10 percent fewer flights and Orly will decrease air traffic by 30 percent due to ongoing strikes.
So as we stated earlier, the best thing to do in case you plan to fly into or out of any of these four airports is to call ahead and speak with your carrier for any late breaking updates on flight delays or cancellations.
Source: Business Week & Associated Press