Air France staff plan Good Friday walkout

An Air France plane at an embarkation slot at Paris Orly airport

Easter weekend plans of thousands of people likely to be affected by third 24-hour strike over pay

The Easter weekend plans of thousands of people look set to be dashed as Air France pilots, cabin crew and ground staff stage a third walkout on Friday, March 30, in an ongoing dispute over pay.

The strike, on Good Friday, is the second in a week. An earlier walkout has already been announced for March 23, as members of 10 unions step up their pay demands. Meanwhile, a decision on further action is expected at a meeting scheduled for March 22.

Unions are demanding a 6% pay rise across the board, saying their members should share in the airline's improved earnings after a wage freeze imposed since 2011.

They have rejected an offer of a 1% pay increase paid over two instalments, with a range of additional incentives, as "small change".

The first strike, on February 22, led to the grounding of half of the airlines long-haul flights in and out of Paris, and disruption to medium- and short-haul services.

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