Summary Box: French strike cancels many flights

AP News
Posted: Feb 08, 2012 1:03 PM
Summary Box: French strike cancels many flights

GROUNDED: Air France canceled up to 40 percent of its long-distance flights Wednesday because of a strike by pilots and other personnel over their right to hold unannounced walkouts.

STRIKE PRICE: The airline is recommending that passengers postpone flights through Friday, when the strike is expected to end. It's costing the company, one of the world's leading airlines, $10.5 million to $13.1 million per day, an Air France official said.

TOO MANY STRIKES? Striking pilots, cabin and ground crews are protesting a draft law that would require them to give 48 hours' notice before striking. The government argues the bill will protect passengers in a country with frequent strikes.