Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific cuts flights between Hong Kong and Paris over Europe strikes

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 12:31pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 12:55pm

Cathay Pacific has cut half of its scheduled flights to and from Paris in the next three days because of planned industrial action by air traffic control officers in the French capital.

The airline on Monday advised passengers booked for flight CX278 from Paris to Hong Kong to make “alternative arrangements” through the “Manage My Booking” system on the airline’s website.

Flight CX261 from Hong Kong International Airport to Paris Charles de Gaulle will also be cancelled, the airline said.

“Customers who are booked on our flights to and from Paris in the next few days are encouraged to postpone any non-essential travel to later dates,” the airline said in a travel advisory posted onto its website.

The airline said it would waive re-booking and re-routing charges for all tickets issued worldwide that have been confirmed from Tuesday to Thursday. Only flights CX279 (Hong Kong-Paris) and CX260 (Paris-Hong Kong) will continue to operate within the period.

“There has been no impact on our daily airport operations at this time,” the Hong Kong Airport Authority said on Monday.

French air traffic controllers are planning a three-day strike in protest against the Single European Sky (SES) project, an initiative that would essentially create a pan-European airspace. Similar strikes in other European countries are also expected.

In April, the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF), which backs the strike, slammed the project as a "never-ending process of liberalisation, deregulation and cost cutting" in the air traffic management industry.