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Skies Over France Empty As Air Traffic Controllers Begin Three-Day Strike

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One look at the airplane traffic map below should be enough to convey which socialist European country has a just started a 3-day air traffic controller strike.

Sure enough, as a result of the French ATC union demands for 'fairness', i.e., an elimination in the "unprecedented" cost-cutting plan, the eastern air border of France now looks like the 405 Freeway during rush hour. Watch the real time air traffic over Europe here.

From the NYT:

The crowds in the airport terminals serving the French capital were visibly thinner than usual for a weekday morning, airport officials said Tuesday, as air traffic controllers here began a three-day strike to protest European Union plans to accelerate the integration of the region’s fragmented air space.


As of 10 a.m., approximately 40 percent of flights had been canceled at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, north of Paris, said a spokeswoman for the airport operator, Aéroports de Paris.


“For the moment, the situation is calm, but there are likely to be more delays as the day progresses,” said the spokeswoman, who asked not to be named in accordance with airport policy. “Most passengers appear to have been given sufficient warning in advance and have not come to the airport.”


A majority of intercontinental flights departing from Charles de Gaulle appeared to be operating, she said, with cancellations and delays mainly affecting short-haul flights within Europe. At Orly Airport, which lies to the south of Paris and serves mainly French and European destinations, roughly half of all flights have been canceled.


France’s largest regional airports, Lyon, Nice, Marseille Toulouse and Bordeaux, reported flight cancellation rates of 30 percent to 40 percent.


Other flights that normally pass over French airspace were also expected to face some delays because of rerouting.


The main air traffic controllers’ union in France announced plans to strike late last week to protest what it called the Union’s “unprecedented cost-cutting plan,” which it warned would sap need resources at a time when it says France should be investing to upgrade its air traffic management systems.


Controllers in about a half-dozen other European countries, including Hungary, Portugal and Slovakia, were expected to join in with more symbolic protests on Wednesday, union leaders said, though these actions were expected to last no more than 24 hours and were unlikely to cause serious disruptions.


The Union has sought for more than a decade to unify a patchwork of national air traffic control systems — part of a master plan known as the Single European Sky. The aim is to streamline a system that officials say adds about 5 billion euros, or $7.3 billion, in unnecessary costs each year and contributes to millions of tons of wasted fuel and added carbon emissions.

h/t @planefinder

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Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:28 | 3645937 orangegeek
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Thanks for coming out France.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:29 | 3645941 Almost Solvent
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I picked the wrong day to quit drinking while sniffing glue . . .

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:33 | 3645972 Popo
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Time to pull a Reagan.  Fire their asses and replace them with military ATC.  Then let them re-apply one by one for the same jobs at lower salaries.   If they don't want the jobs they can work somewhere else.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:01 | 3646097 Kirk2NCC1701
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Clearly you do not believe in Democracy, i.e., in ppl having the right to join forced in a common cause.

In your book, by the looks of it, this 'privilege' is reserved for the ruling Elite. Lest their busy schedules and agendas get inconvenienced too much.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:54 | 3646328 Dumpster Fire
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It's about balance and leverage.  I mean you do agree that they should have the right fire striking workers, no?

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:10 | 3646135 Agent P
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The French have no such move in their playbook. 

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:53 | 3646327 Homernomics
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As usual, Germany picking up the slack from the French.


"Why do the French have so many tree-lined streets?  So the Germans can march in the shade.

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:19 | 3658131 Analyse2
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This kind of stale joke stinks like an old hate



Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:40 | 3645976 francis_sawyer
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The original plan was for the Zionists to fly airplanes into the Grande Arche building here [in Paris]



But something went wrong & they had to go to plan B

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:42 | 3646012 Political_Savage
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Francis - they are "cheesepopes", not Zionists.

You'll get scolded.



How did you ever come up with the name CheesePopes? It's meaning is still somewhat lost on me.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:12 | 3646131 francis_sawyer
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I've disclosed this before...


The 'cheesepopes' were the name of a mixed league softball team in Charlottesville, VA [circa early 1980's]...

The term means NOTHING otherwise [which is quite curious as to why it draws so many junks] ;-)

I'm doing my post-doctorate work right now to see if the young lads & ladies who were on that mixed league softball team all happened to be descendents of Ghengis Khan...

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:36 | 3646241 frankthomaswhite59
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thanks,  I've been curious too


Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:50 | 3646302 francis_sawyer
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It proves that the "Pre-Crime" Unit is already in operation...

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:40 | 3646009 malikai
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I hear smoking glue is even better.

For a good laugh check out Europe's ATC fee structure. Which by the way is supposed to pay for controllers, but somehow is never enough.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:30 | 3645948 medium giraffe
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TSA porn.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:30 | 3645951 Rustysilver
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Cheaper aviation fuel. Yeah

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:56 | 3646338 Element
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What I was thinking, Jet A1's about $2.80 AUD a liter here, and a lot more for remote area airdromes.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:31 | 3645958 Schmuck Raker
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I bet the Saudis are still flying.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:50 | 3646053 Frastric
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A perfect opportunity to hijack planes with box cutters or whatever shit the US government fed to the MSM over how the 'hijackers' 'hijacked' a plane.

Could also be a good time for a Saudi to fake his death, just throw in an indestructible passport that will survive a collapse of a building falling into its footprint (and don't forget the thermate as well) and yeah...

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:33 | 3645959 yogibear
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One way to put France further in the hole. Strikes worked well in Greece (sarc).

Looks like France is joining the destroy the EU gang.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:39 | 3646001 Azannoth
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To paraphrase Lenin "The Communists will strike their own system down, which the capitalists will than buy at pennies on the dollar"

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:33 | 3645973 youngman
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They can always sell their wine to China.......ooops

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:35 | 3645979 ParkAveFlasher
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Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:35 | 3645977 ziggy59
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Hunt For Red June....
Good luck!

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:35 | 3645982 Racer
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With all that congestion I wouldn't fancy flying today!

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:37 | 3645985 Dr. Engali
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The poor poor security thugs, it will be rough on them not being able to cop a free feel for the next three days.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:07 | 3646118 Kirk2NCC1701
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Indeed. And just like DC and NY lawyers on a cold winter day, they'll have to keep their hands in their own pockets. ;-)

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:38 | 3645990 Racer
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LOL if you look at it with world view it looks like the globe is covered in spiders!

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:13 | 3646146 markar
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Those are bankers

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:39 | 3646502 smacker
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Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:38 | 3645994 orangegeek
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Dow opened down 150 - now sitting at down 80 - TURBO TUESDAY......air traffic controller strike that cripples global travel??  FUCKING BULLISH BABY!!!!!

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:42 | 3646013 alangreedspank
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Sacrebleu, they are le fucked.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:48 | 3646039 Son of Loki
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There's only one airline worse the Air France and it's Air Zimbabwe.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:19 | 3646167 ross81
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the Air Zim hostesses are much friendlier though, even though one may have minor concerns about a wing falling off or something.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:56 | 3646078 Smuckers
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Thank god, I hate watching that French dork family pre-takeoff video putting their seatbelts on.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:57 | 3646085 smacker
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Possibly the most popular aircraft tracking website:  http://www.flightradar24.com/

There's also a smartphone app available.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:11 | 3646136 greatbeard
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Crush the unions!!! Long live the Banksters!!!!

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:11 | 3646140 Kirk2NCC1701
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And yet flights between Ireland and Portugal (the PI part of the EU 'PIIGS') are as busy as ever. The Life of PI continues.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:14 | 3646151 markar
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This is bullish for the French economy, right?

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:16 | 3646159 Aurora Ex Machina
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Sometimes I wish programmers watched a little more Monty Python.


Every so often you'd see a grey outline of a plane, and wonder if it was just a ghost in the machine or a rendition flight.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:51 | 3646229 NuYawkFrankie
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Hope the Griswolds haven't been too inconvenienced...


Clark had mentioned something about picking up an amphibious Winnebago - as soon as they'd done Stonehenge - and motor-boating that sucker right over to Le Frogland.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:36 | 3646236 Bansters-in-my-...
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So that means only the military jets will be in the sky dumping their loads of barium and other goodies that are good for your health .

The jets in the sky will be the ones doing their Solar Radiation Management.

And their Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering.

"Own the Weather in 2025"

Thats the militarys (USA) motto.


..............STOP CHEMTRAIL SPRAYING......................!!!

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:40 | 3646261 Lady Heather...UNCLE
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The the word 'clusterfuck' become a euphemism for 'day to day'

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:50 | 3646309 Joebloinvestor
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Hollande will fix this too.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 15:36 | 3647371 AbbeBrel
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He better "démerder" this situation or he will be in the deep doodoo too.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:03 | 3646375 Flagit
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so is THIS why my flight jumped $800 in a matter of minutes while trying to book on expedia? dont really see how.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:06 | 3646393 WTFUD
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There are more french sorties over west africa than france today tomorrow and next. All hail Hollande!

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:44 | 3646522 RaceToTheBottom
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Oh great, now the train operators are having to pick up the slack.,....  I am assuming that they are striking next week because of increased work load.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:47 | 3646527 q99x2
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Break out the Mish Shedlock and Ronald Raegan Flags.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 15:38 | 3647385 Atticus Finch
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"...master plan known as the Single European Sky. The aim is to streamline a system that officials say adds about 5 billion euros, or $7.3 billion, in unnecessary costs each year and contributes to millions of tons of wasted fuel and added carbon emissions."

Nice cover story like all one-world cover stories. This is about control gentlemen, and I'm not talking about air traffic control. Consolidation of power is the real agenda and nothing else. This has nothing to do with Hollande, the convenient scape goat.


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