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Topic: French ATC
Posted By: cameroncleggout
Subject: French ATC
Date Posted: 21/June/2014 at 12:07
For the second year running French Air Traffic Control have announced strikes for the day we travel to Faro. Last year we managed to extend our holiday by arriving a couple of days earlier and dodging the strike.

This year its too late as I only discovered about the strike this morning. Looks like a longer flight over Ireland and out into the Atlantic a bit to stay out of French airspace may be awaiting us on Thursday 26th June. I`m sure we will cope.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 22/June/2014 at 09:02
Looks like France is in meltdown. The national rail strike is about to enter its second week.

Vive la révolution! Les politicos á la lanterne!


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Posted By: cameroncleggout
Date Posted: 22/June/2014 at 10:38
Over 50,000 people marched through London yesterday protesting about austerity. Not a word on Sky News or BBC news or in most Sunday Papers. Me thinks its a Tory Conspiracy.

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Posted By: tiganut
Date Posted: 23/June/2014 at 14:40
Originally posted by cameroncleggout cameroncleggout wrote:

Over 50,000 people marched through London yesterday protesting about austerity. Not a word on Sky News or BBC news or in most Sunday Papers. Me thinks its a Tory Conspiracy.
And there was me thinking that there were no domestic politics on this site.



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Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 23/June/2014 at 15:28
Originally posted by tiganut tiganut wrote:

And there was me thinking that there were no domestic politics on this site.

I think the username is a bit of a giveaway Wink


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I hate how peopleï compare Frank Zappa to God. I mean, he's cool and great and nice and everything, but he's no Zappa.


Posted By: cameroncleggout
Date Posted: 24/June/2014 at 09:17
Bleedin heck !!!! Just been on Sky Scanner and quite a few aircraft are seriously delayed. Some that are due to land at Faro in the next 30 mins are still on the ground in the UK.

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Posted By: deedee
Date Posted: 24/June/2014 at 10:04
Lucky for my son and family.two hour delay from Manchester to Reus this morning.


Posted By: cameroncleggout
Date Posted: 24/June/2014 at 10:48
Don`t mind a couple of hours delay if they leave you in the departure lounge, but airlines unacceptably tend to get you boarded even though they know of the delay.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 24/June/2014 at 11:10
Delays from UK of around 2 hours (1 is four hours though) posted on Faro airport website at this time. Longer delays are from places like Holland and Sweden where they don't have any real alternative but to cross France.

Four Ryanair flights (not from UK) cancelled altogether.


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Posted By: cameroncleggout
Date Posted: 24/June/2014 at 13:57
Looks like Ryanair have most cancellations. However I would put this down to the Chief Exec who likes nothing better than Union Bashing, no doubt he has withdrawn flights in protest (Sod the customer )

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Posted By: cameroncleggout
Date Posted: 25/June/2014 at 16:00
2 hours seems to be the average delay from Blackpool,so going by this we should be in Faro around mid day. Sunshine all the way

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cameronout


Posted By: Jock
Date Posted: 25/June/2014 at 16:42
Lucky man.

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Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 07/April/2015 at 19:53
More trouble ahead if you're flying out or back in the next 2 days
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3028989/Passengers-face-three-days-chaos-French-air-traffic-controllers-strike.html

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I hate how peopleï compare Frank Zappa to God. I mean, he's cool and great and nice and everything, but he's no Zappa.


Posted By: Andrew
Date Posted: 08/April/2015 at 07:35
Yes, just had text off Monarch warning and apologising for delays.
Mind you, landings and take-offs in this wind will be fun, it's gale force out there, worse than yesterday!


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Andrew


Posted By: Algarveaddick
Date Posted: 08/April/2015 at 11:31
Most flights out are subject to delays of about an hour, give or take. Only Ryanair has cancelled flights - six I believe - the others are managing.


Posted By: Andrew
Date Posted: 08/April/2015 at 17:16
Two and a quarter hour delay for us, thank you French ATC, not!

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Andrew


Posted By: Richardk
Date Posted: 08/April/2015 at 17:36
Don't we all love the French!!


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 10/April/2015 at 10:06
One hour delay coming back last night, so not so bad. Because of planes being reshuffled we had a brand new A320 Airbus rather than the scheduled A319, so some bonus with more seats available.

A lot of flights to France were cancelled obviously, so there was quite a bit of wailing and gnashing of teeth at Gatwick.

Apparently they are on strike again, later this month.


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Posted By: LesTele
Date Posted: 10/April/2015 at 11:05
Further walkouts planned from April 16-18 and from April 29 to May 2.

Dates come from The Independent website.


Posted By: vinnym
Date Posted: 10/April/2015 at 12:02
Full marks to Monarch who ran a full programme, not like some other airlines who just cancel and leave people
stranded, well done.

http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/Articles/2015/04/10/53789/monarch+runs+full+flight+programme+throughout+french+atc+strike.html


Posted By: Andrew
Date Posted: 10/April/2015 at 13:03
Yes we were with Monarch and I give them 11 out of 10!
The Captain kept us fully informed and then, as the First Officer did the flying, she kept us well briefed during the flight. The cabin crew were excellent as well so we're happy to endorse compliments to Monarch through the trials of the latest French ATC inflicted difficulties.
Well done Monarch.


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Andrew


Posted By: Algarveaddick
Date Posted: 10/April/2015 at 13:22
We are flying Easyjet next Thursday, so I shall report on their efforts in due course...


Posted By: Jayjan
Date Posted: 10/April/2015 at 16:28
According to BBC News  other planned strikes are 16th to18th April & 29th April to 2nd May.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32242131


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Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 10/April/2015 at 20:42
Brilliant - we're due out on the 18th. About time the weak French Government sorted these bloody Unions out once & for all Angry

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I hate how peopleï compare Frank Zappa to God. I mean, he's cool and great and nice and everything, but he's no Zappa.


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 11/April/2015 at 10:02
Revolution is the only answer. The unions in France should stop messing about and go on a general strike until they bring the government to its knees, dispose of the opposition and then run the country as it should be run, for the benefit of the people and not the ruling classes.

Oh, they tried that didn't they?


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Posted By: Corcovada
Date Posted: 11/April/2015 at 10:15
Our Easyjet flight back to Bristol was cancelled late on Thursday night (after we had returned our car to MasterKings)!

The earliest flight available to us was this coming Thursday (so another week in the sun).

Easyjet transferred us to the 5* Ria Park Hotels in Vale Do Lobo for the duration. However, when we expressed our preference to return to our home in Albufeira (after enjoying the luxurious surroundings for one night), they were not surprisingly happy to provide a hire car for the rest of our stay (and save the ongoing hotel and food costs for the 4 of us).

I have just read that the French ATC are planning another strike for next Thursday.

Allez les bleus!


Posted By: Jayjan
Date Posted: 12/April/2015 at 00:42
Maybe Easyjet  had a meal & bed  deal with Ria Park LOL. Saying that, its stupid that they were not pleased to provide you with hire car,  obviously it  cost them more than you staying at the hotel.Confused

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Posted By: Corcovada
Date Posted: 12/April/2015 at 08:52
Full marks go to Jayjan for stating the obvious and missing the humour in my post! After all, with two school children in the party, we are trying desperately hard to keep our spirits up. I found your post "stupid" and unhelpful. If anyone has something constructive to say on the subject, that would be most welcome.


Posted By: alan&alice
Date Posted: 12/April/2015 at 11:40
Now thats an insult to jayjan, Censored


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Posted By: Jayjan
Date Posted: 12/April/2015 at 12:28
It wasn't meant to be helpful, just a comment stating it possibly cost Easyjet more for the hire car than the accommodation cost. Regards humour, its obvious you didn't get my humour also. 



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Posted By: tonisdad
Date Posted: 12/April/2015 at 12:52
Originally posted by Corcovada Corcovada wrote:

Full marks go to Jayjan for stating the obvious and missing the humour in my post! After all, with two school children in the party, we are trying desperately hard to keep our spirits up. I found your post "stupid" and unhelpful. If anyone has something constructive to say on the subject, that would be most welcome.


After being offered a free week in a 5* star hotel I too would be trying desperately hard to keep my spirits up....Not.
My heart bleeds for you.


Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 14/April/2015 at 12:00
French air traffic controller union SNCTA has confirmed that the threat of strike action on April 16-18 has been lifted.

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I hate how peopleï compare Frank Zappa to God. I mean, he's cool and great and nice and everything, but he's no Zappa.


Posted By: Algarveaddick
Date Posted: 14/April/2015 at 13:22
C'est Bon...


Posted By: Andrew
Date Posted: 14/April/2015 at 13:59
Whilst that is good news, there's some bad to follow it.
This from 'The Independent' newspaper...
"...French air-traffic controllers planned a three-day stoppage beginning on 16 April. At the end of a day of negotiation, the union announced via its Facebook account that this threat had been lifted - but it insisted a four-day strike from 29 April to 2 May could still go ahead."


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Posted By: Jock
Date Posted: 14/April/2015 at 20:46
Things are never so bad that they can't be worse.

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Posted By: Corcovada
Date Posted: 14/April/2015 at 22:58
DICEYUK, thank you so much for the update.


Posted By: Algarveaddick
Date Posted: 15/April/2015 at 11:03
Originally posted by Jock Jock wrote:

Things are never so bad that they can't be worse.


It's bein' so cheerful what keeps 'im goin'...



(From one grumpy old man to another)


Posted By: Jock
Date Posted: 15/April/2015 at 11:49
Cheers.


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It is no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase 'As pretty as an Airport' appear. Douglas Adams


Posted By: pyrman
Date Posted: 29/January/2016 at 10:08
Glad no-one seems to have been affected by the French ATC strike on Tue Jan 26 (2016) ... I was flying Faro to Edinburgh without a hitch and most destinations in UK, coastal Holland and further north seemed to escape the many cancellations.

Will there be another one at easter we wonder ?


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Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 20/March/2016 at 19:19
Another one started today (20th march) for 3 days

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3501538/EasyJet-British-Airways-passengers-face-cancellations-French-air-traffic-control-workers-launch-three-day-strike.html


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I hate how peopleï compare Frank Zappa to God. I mean, he's cool and great and nice and everything, but he's no Zappa.


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 21/March/2016 at 12:07
One of an ongoing series of anti-government strikes affecting the public sector in France. The proposed abolition of the guaranteed 35 hour week seems to be one problem.

No-one works 35 hours of course, but you get 25% more for every extra hour worked over 35.

There is a national strike scheduled for 31st March, which will no doubt have similar knock-on effects all over the place.

Here's a list en français of various strikes in that country

http://www.cestlagreve.fr/" rel="nofollow - http://www.cestlagreve.fr/


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Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 21/March/2016 at 13:58
Originally posted by cubsur cubsur wrote:

One of an ongoing series of anti-government strikes affecting the public sector in France. The proposed abolition of the guaranteed 35 hour week seems to be one problem.

No-one works 35 hours of course, but you get 25% more for every extra hour worked over 35.


I frequently visited my Companys' office in Paris and not only did they only have to work 35 hours, they got 60 days holiday a year & 3 months paternity leave when their wives had a baby. Not only that but people doing the same job as me (who was working at least 60hrs a week with only 26 days holiday) got roughly the same wages.


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I hate how peopleï compare Frank Zappa to God. I mean, he's cool and great and nice and everything, but he's no Zappa.


Posted By: peteknopp
Date Posted: 21/March/2016 at 14:18
had a few clients in today who went to airport and then came back as no flights

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Posted By: john2604smith
Date Posted: 21/March/2016 at 15:21
Ah France ! The beauties of a socialist government ! 

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Posted By: Richardk
Date Posted: 21/March/2016 at 15:50
Don't we all 'love' the French?


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 22/March/2016 at 12:22
And there is a strike in Spain tomorrow. The workers are revolting.

If the French want a revolution, why not do it properly as they did in 1789? Well, maybe not dressed quite like that!



Ah. they don't have Madame Guillotine any longer, with which to chop off people's heads.


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Posted By: Richardk
Date Posted: 22/March/2016 at 14:08
My 81 year old mother's flight back to UK last night was delayed by 3 hours!!! landed after midnight - you can imagine what we think of the French guillotine - bring back the guillotine.


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 19/May/2016 at 12:05
French ATC on strike again today and more strikes posted for June. We will be grateful when the French government gives in to the unions so that the strikers (railways and buses in many areas are also on strike today) get their way.

Arrivals today at Faro from some UK airports are 2 hours late.

The DailyTelegraph said in April "Worryingly, there is also discontent about a new government proposal to change labour laws, making it easier for companies to lay off workers. There is a distinct risk that we will see a spring of discontent in France."

And so it came to pass! 

Travel Insurance, they said, probably won't cover you for delays of less than 12 hours.


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Posted By: Andrew
Date Posted: 19/May/2016 at 17:54
Originally posted by cubsur cubsur wrote:



If the French want a revolution, why not do it properly as they did in 1789? Well, maybe not dressed quite like that!




You're right Tom, he looks plain stupid in that top hat!!!

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Posted By: Algarveaddick
Date Posted: 19/May/2016 at 18:03
Originally posted by Andrew Andrew wrote:

Originally posted by cubsur cubsur wrote:



If the French want a revolution, why not do it properly as they did in 1789? Well, maybe not dressed quite like that!




You're right Tom, he looks plain stupid in that top hat!!!




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Go away Duchatalet


Posted By: Jock
Date Posted: 20/May/2016 at 10:30
I don't care for France as an ally, unreliable.  But the French are interesting.  The current republic was made in revolution and they know how to get the attention of their government by revolting.  And they don't give a damn what others think of them.


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 21/May/2016 at 10:59
Sire, the peasants are revolting! I knooow that!

Les Français, non fiables! Mon Dieu, perfide Albion.

True we have been fighting them more often and for longer than they have been on our side.

I blame William of Normandy. He started it.


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Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 15/June/2016 at 06:27
Got caught up in this yesterday
Arrived at the airport 2 hours before flight time & it said 2.5 hour delay.
Then after a couple of hours it went to 3 hours delay.
Got on the plane 3 hours late but then sat on it another hour before we got a slot.
Easyjet were brilliant though - because we were on the plane when the 3 hour trigger point came for a £3 food voucher, which technically we didn't qualify for, they gave us free soft drinks & snacks just after we took off.
We were not the worst though - flights to Ibiza & Amsterdam had 5 hour delays.
And all this after our train journey to the airport was delayed because someone had topped themselves in front of an earlier train.
Happy days.


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I hate how peopleï compare Frank Zappa to God. I mean, he's cool and great and nice and everything, but he's no Zappa.


Posted By: Andrew
Date Posted: 15/June/2016 at 16:46
And us dicey but, thankfully, not as bad as you.
Monarch out of Brrr minge ham, 30 minute delay on departure and 20 minute longer flight going the long way round and not cutting across the French airspace. Still an annoying inconvenience though, I'm going to stop buying their wine by way of my little retaliatory protest, and boy, do they not realise what that will cost them! Hic! Wink


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Posted By: Big Col
Date Posted: 15/June/2016 at 17:11
You need a holiday after that Dicey!

Despite there not being an ATC strike when we went out we routed over Anglesey, Dublin and Cork which is way further West than our usual Cardiff, Exeter, Brittany route. No delays outbound and normal route back with 20 minutes shaved off the flight.

About 10 weeks until the next trip so fingers crossed.

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Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 15/June/2016 at 17:58
Originally posted by Big Col Big Col wrote:

You need a holiday after that Dicey!

The next 5 weeks should sort that out nicely Wink



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I hate how peopleï compare Frank Zappa to God. I mean, he's cool and great and nice and everything, but he's no Zappa.


Posted By: Big Col
Date Posted: 15/June/2016 at 19:01
Originally posted by DICEYUK DICEYUK wrote:

Originally posted by Big Col Big Col wrote:

You need a holiday after that Dicey!

The next 5 weeks should sort that out nicely Wink





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Posted By: camara1969
Date Posted: 15/June/2016 at 20:36
to dicey HAPPY DAYS someone topped themselves, my dad was a train driver when someone decided to take there life which I sure was the most hardest decision of their short life and my dad had to live with seeing a body under the stainless steel wheels which torn there body apart, yea so think on with your short inconvenience, and enjoy your holiday and be glad you were not in that position of throwing yourself under the wheels or even wondering what you have just hit on your normal working day, yea HAPPY DAYS INDEED

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Posted By: tonisdad
Date Posted: 16/June/2016 at 13:18
Originally posted by camara1969 camara1969 wrote:

to dicey HAPPY DAYS someone topped themselves, my dad was a train driver when someone decided to take there life which I sure was the most hardest decision of their short life and my dad had to live with seeing a body under the stainless steel wheels which torn there body apart, yea so think on with your short inconvenience, and enjoy your holiday and be glad you were not in that position of throwing yourself under the wheels or even wondering what you have just hit on your normal working day, yea HAPPY DAYS INDEED


I think you took the wrong interpretation of "HAPPY DAYS" In Dicey`s post. Look up irony that may help you understand.


Posted By: camara1969
Date Posted: 16/June/2016 at 14:43
so tonisdad your saying its ok to be ironic when someone has just took there life?

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Posted By: tonisdad
Date Posted: 16/June/2016 at 19:42
Originally posted by camara1969 camara1969 wrote:

so tonisdad your saying its ok to be ironic when someone has just took there life?


You obviously don`t understand the context of the post. The poster was giving the reason for the delay and being ironic when saying ..."HAPPY DAYS"...  not the person taking THEIR life not THERE.
Trot on can`t be bothered conversing with people who have nothing better to do than look for pointless keyboard arguments for no reason.


Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 16/June/2016 at 22:36
Originally posted by camara1969 camara1969 wrote:

so tonisdad your saying its ok to be ironic when someone has just took there life?

Just to clarify things camara1969 - I have every sympathy for the train driver but absolutely none for the deceased. He, for what ever reason, decided to end it.
However, unlike the train driver, he had a choice and doesn't have to live with the consequences.
It may be sad that people feel the need to commit suicide but if that's what they want to do then there are plenty of ways to end it that do not involve ruining other peoples lives (i.e. the train driver & the people who had to sort the mess out afterwards) or disrupting thousands of people who just want to get on with their daily business.
You may have seen "happy days" as a flippant remark but I can assure you that it wasn't intended as such. In fact the remark was aimed mainly at the French ATC.
After taking over 14 hours to get from my home to my holiday destination, when it should have taken less than 7 hours, do you seriously expect me to be over the moon about the experience or have sympathy for the people who caused it?
And in case you're in any doubt, the answer is no, I am not and no, I don't.


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I hate how peopleï compare Frank Zappa to God. I mean, he's cool and great and nice and everything, but he's no Zappa.


Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 23/June/2016 at 05:55


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I hate how peopleï compare Frank Zappa to God. I mean, he's cool and great and nice and everything, but he's no Zappa.


Posted By: Wireman
Date Posted: 23/June/2016 at 08:18
David, friends of ours had an email from easy jet yesterday to inform them that their flight to Majorca had been cancelled today, talk about 11th hour!

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 23/June/2016 at 10:35
The airport website shows almost every incoming flight delayed today because of the anti-government actions in France. Average delay seems to be about an hour but some flights from eg Leeds and Manchester delayed 2 hours and a couple of mid-day flights out of Gatwick likely to be over 2 hours late. Only three actual cancellations though, one from Paris and two late Easyjets, one each from Gatwick and Southend.

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Posted By: cameroncleggout
Date Posted: 23/June/2016 at 16:21
Anyone know if the upstairs smoking room at Faro Airport is open, we travel home next Wednesday

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Posted By: Jayjan
Date Posted: 23/June/2016 at 16:44
As far as I know when reading the  airport plans it won't be reopening..

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Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 23/June/2016 at 17:18
It's definitely not open at the moment & I agree with JJ that it's unlikely to ever open again


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I hate how peopleï compare Frank Zappa to God. I mean, he's cool and great and nice and everything, but he's no Zappa.


Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 28/June/2016 at 07:28
They're at it again today - FFS
http://www.thejournal.ie/ryanair-cancel-166-flights-french-atc-strike-2849104-Jun2016/" rel="nofollow - http://www.thejournal.ie/ryanair-cancel-166-flights-french-atc-strike-2849104-Jun2016/


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I hate how peopleï compare Frank Zappa to God. I mean, he's cool and great and nice and everything, but he's no Zappa.


Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 05/July/2016 at 11:47
If it's Tuesday it must be another French ATC strike

From Easyjet website

We would like to inform customers that there will be a French General Strike, which will begin on the evening of the 4th July and last until the evening of Tuesday 5th July. As 65% of easyJet’s flights fly over France, this will have an impact on our flights to and from French airports, as well as those flying over French airspace. Just like other airlines we are subject to French air traffic regulations, we therefore expect delays and cancellations tomorrow.

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I hate how peopleï compare Frank Zappa to God. I mean, he's cool and great and nice and everything, but he's no Zappa.


Posted By: Andrew
Date Posted: 05/July/2016 at 13:13
Last Friday we flew back, all great as the baggage handlers strike was cancelled, ready to push back five minutes early and the Captain announced "Apologies but our slot has been moved back 45 minutes due to the French, no, they're not on strike, they've just advised they are carrying out military exercises right in our filed flight path so we have to hold"!
Don't you just love 'em!


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Posted By: Big Col
Date Posted: 05/July/2016 at 13:21
In the circumstances Andrew, I think I would have quite happily accepted the 45 minute delay. Smile

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Posted By: Jayjan
Date Posted: 05/July/2016 at 13:23
apparently some easyjet flights  have been cancelled according to someone on facebook algarve pages.

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Posted By: Algarveaddick
Date Posted: 05/July/2016 at 13:23
Originally posted by Andrew Andrew wrote:

Last Friday we flew back, all great as the baggage handlers strike was cancelled, ready to push back five minutes early and the Captain announced "Apologies but our slot has been moved back 45 minutes due to the French, no, they're not on strike, they've just advised they are carrying out military exercises right in our filed flight path so we have to hold"!
Don't you just love 'em!

And pro-brexiters think they are going to let us keep our immigration officials on their soil, and they will continue to try and stop refugees from getting across the channel... yeah, right...  


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Posted By: Andrew
Date Posted: 05/July/2016 at 15:59
JJ, yes that's correct, see Dicey's post about four above.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 06/July/2016 at 12:27
Not many unusual delays yesterday amid yet another French air traffic control strike.

There are no more strikes currently on any lists I can see, but that one yesterday was called at 48 hours notice.

Air France will be on strike for a week at the end of the month. Pau hospital is on strike tomorrow. Postmen in the Loiret department are on strike, as are the street cleaners in Rennes, the bus drivers in Bordeaux and the A&E wards at Caen hospital.

Perhaps the military exercises were in preparation for a few bombing runs over the strikers.


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Posted By: Big Col
Date Posted: 14/September/2016 at 13:36
EasyJet have advised that there is a French National Strike tomorrow (15th September) which could affect flights to & across France.


http://www.easyjet.com/en/help/preparing-to-fly/latest-travel-information?link_megadrop[/URL]

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Posted By: Jayjan
Date Posted: 14/September/2016 at 14:37
Its also on Ryanair website too:   We regret to advise customers that due to an air traffic control strike in France at 18.00 BST on 14th  September, to 05:00 BST on Friday 16th September. We have been forced to cancel the flights listed below.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 15/September/2016 at 11:27
Don't see any out of the ordinary delays on Faro arrivals this morning.

http://www.aeroportofaro.pt/pt/fao/voos-e-destinos/encontrar-voos/chegadas-em-tempo-real" rel="nofollow - https://www.aeroportofaro.pt/pt/fao/voos-e-destinos/encontrar-voos/chegadas-em-tempo-real


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Posted By: bob d
Date Posted: 15/September/2016 at 13:21
Agree, plus hundreds of flights showing on Flight Radar 24 over France.

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we're not brazil we're norn iron


Posted By: tonisdad
Date Posted: 15/September/2016 at 13:42
Daughter was away on time this morning no problems. I noticed that also bob d. Thought it was strange so many planes in French air space.
The rest of Europe should boycott them altogethor and their ferries where possible.


Posted By: Jayjan
Date Posted: 15/September/2016 at 15:55
It makes me wonder whether they called it off because earlier I checked departures terminal 3 Manchester and at least 3 planes were on final boarding for CGD Paris &  No cancelled flights showing.

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Polli the dancing cat strikes again.


Posted By: Andrew
Date Posted: 15/September/2016 at 16:58
Don't ya just love the French?
I mean, they criticise our food and then they eat crepe? Wink


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Posted By: bob d
Date Posted: 15/September/2016 at 17:34
I'm not buying anymore of their letters as a boycott.


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we're not brazil we're norn iron


Posted By: sidsmum
Date Posted: 15/September/2016 at 19:28
We should've departed Faro 10 minutes ago, delayed til 21.15 - hey ho!


Posted By: Big Col
Date Posted: 04/March/2017 at 08:04
They're at it again! There will be a French Air Traffic Control strike next week.

The strike, called by the UNSA union, will hit flights between Monday March 6th and Friday March 10th.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 04/March/2017 at 08:12
Isn't it about time they had another revolution and be done with all this? Just string up a few of the politicians, so the downtrodden masses get back their 35 hour week and retirement at 50.

Wink


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Posted By: tonisdad
Date Posted: 04/March/2017 at 09:15
Originally posted by Big Col Big Col wrote:

They're at it again! There will be a French Air Traffic Control strike next week.

The strike, called by the UNSA union, will hit flights between Monday March 6th and Friday March 10th.

You would think they would give it up as a bad job.
I don`t know why British operators do not avoid French airspace at all times where possible and fly down West coast of UK. Hit them in the pocket.
Couple of times we have diverted it took no longer flying from Leeds or Newcastle. Granted more Southern airports might not be the same.



Posted By: Big Col
Date Posted: 04/March/2017 at 09:26
Yes, last June we flew from Newcastle over Dublin and the coast of southern Ireland to avoid French airspace and still arrived at Faro on time.



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Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 12/September/2017 at 09:17
Just found out that they're at it again today and we fly out this afternoon Cry

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I hate how peopleï compare Frank Zappa to God. I mean, he's cool and great and nice and everything, but he's no Zappa.


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 12/September/2017 at 17:47
It's a widespread strike among the usual suspects - railways, ATC, anything where government pays the wages.


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Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 13/September/2017 at 06:08
We got delayed about 1hr 30 minutes which was bad enough but then when we landed at around 8.45pm we had Faro Airport to contend with.
Over 40 minutes to get through passport control where there was only 2 booths open trying to cope with 3 or 4 flights.
The eye recognition things were all showing green but they were blocked off so you couldn't use them.
Joke


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I hate how peopleï compare Frank Zappa to God. I mean, he's cool and great and nice and everything, but he's no Zappa.


Posted By: Big Col
Date Posted: 13/September/2017 at 11:05
Last Friday it took us 40 minutes to get through passport control at Faro and it was chaotic with queues merging, passengers moving taped lane markers, etc.
When we reached the official it was a glance at the passport photo and a nod through. No checking or scanning at all - probably 3 seconds each!

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 14/September/2017 at 09:30
So much for the heightened security checks required to preserve the Western way of life and our democracies. Still, does it really matter when you can cross the border by train, coach or car without anyone so much as bothering?

I think all those golfers in silly shorts are a major threat to national peace and stability. They must be controlled!


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Posted By: Jock
Date Posted: 14/September/2017 at 10:49
"silly shorts"?
I've seen a big chap on a bike around town in WW2 It Aint Half Hot Mum style shorts. Frightening. Whom could he be?


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