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Swiss travellers hit by French strike

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Air passengers across Switzerland are suffering serious disruptions to their travel schedule as a strike by French air traffic controllers gets underway. Swissair has cancelled most of its flights to and from France.

But the strike will also affect other departures from Zurich, Basel and Geneva as many of them will have to be routed around France to other European countries. The strike is scheduled to end at eight o'clock on Tuesday morning.

More than 120 Swissair flights scheduled to operate Monday have been cancelled, this includes 64 flights by Swissair's regional carrier Crossair.

Swissair said that passengers booked on the flights in question have been personally informed of the cancellations.

Other flights out of Swiss airports are being delayed by at least 90 minutes, according to the airline.

French civil aviation officials said all French airports would be affected by the one-day strike, and that about 85 per cent of flights would be cancelled. Only services to major capitals around the world are likely to be maintained.

The National Union of Air Traffic Controllers and controllers from other French unions called the strike to protest against what they say are plans by the European Union to privatize their jobs.

by Tom O'Brien

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