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Air France Strike Continues After Management Cancels Transavia Rollout

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Air France pilots of the SNPL, Air France's main pilots union, and the Spaf union demonstrate in uniform, and with striped sweaters onto their shoulders, on September 23, 2014 near the National Assembly building in Paris. (Eric Fererberg/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 01:35 PM

Air France pilots said they will continue their nearly two-week strike on Thursday following confirmation from management that it would limit its proposed expansion of low-cost subsidiary Transavia to France only, instead of wider Europe.

According to Reuters, the SNPL union said it wants Air France pay scales and conditions extended to Transavia France pilots. The union represents more than 70 percent of Air France pilots.

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Cédric Leurquin, an Air France spokesman, said that the cancellation of a wider European rollout of Transavia was "a gesture" in the ongoing negotiations, adding, "We wanted to remove a fear that existed" for the pilots.

Negotiations were set to resume Thursday at 3 p.m. local time, with the union saying in a statement "talks are continuing with the aim of reaching a rapid conclusion."

Passengers are crossing their fingers the strike is resolved soon, as more than half of the company's aircraft has been grounded since the strike began 11 days ago.

"This strike must end now," Stéphane Le Foll, a spokesman for the French government, reportedly told Radio Classique.

"We're stuck here on a project that, strategically, is important for the company. We have to find the ways and means for Air France to extend its activity in low-cost flights."

The French government owns 16 percent of the airline, according to The New York Times

If the strike ends on Thursday, normal service may not resume for days, as pilots are out of position all over the world.

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Air France pilots said they will continue their nearly two-week strike on Thursday following confirmation from management that it would limit its proposed expansion of low-cost subsidiary Transavia to France only, instead of wider Europe.
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