Air France strike hits flight schedule

Oct. 31, 2011 at 3:36 PM

PARIS, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Air France flight attendants said they would be on strike until Wednesday, causing the airline to cancel or restrict flights.

Many shorter flights are taking off with a maximum of 100 passengers -- sometimes that means half full -- because not enough attendants are available to meet safety regulations for larger numbers, The Local reported Monday.

One of the union's complaints is the airline's plan to cut down on the number of flight attendants on long flights.

With the Saturday through Wednesday strike occurring during a school holiday when many families travel, Transportation Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet said in a radio interview it was "not the best moment" for workers to strike.

The airline said during the weekend it canceled one out of every five flights, including nine international flights.

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