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Third day of French air strikes cancelled

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12 June 2013 by Luke McCormick

A third day of strikes by French air traffic controllers has been called off after union officials cited encouraging support from the French and German governments against EU proposals for the creation of a single European airspace.

Around 1,800 flights were cancelled yesterday, with airlines flying to, from and over France only able to operate one in four services. A similar number of are expected to be affected today.

Air France said it was cancelling an unspecified number of short and medium-haul flights, but that its schedule would be back to normal from 4am on Thursday.

Easyjet cancelled 128 flights on Tuesday and Wednesday. In a statement the airline said: "All of our flights that overfly French airspace are experiencing significant slot delays and this is affecting our entire flying programme. We are doing all we can to protect flights, however ask customers for their patience on what will be challenging days."

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