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Etihad forced to cancel chauffeur service amid French strike

Service for premium passengers at Charles de Gaulle Airport is cancelled as public sector goes on strike in France

Etihad forced to cancel chauffeur service amid French strike

Etihad Airways on Tuesday said it has been forced to cancel its chauffeur service for premium passengers arriving in France due to a public sector strike in the European country.

The Abu Dhabi airline said in a statement that it is unable to provide the service for passengers arriving or departing from Charles de Gaulle Airport.

"Our team will be available to assist guests on arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport and provide information on the availability of alternative private transportation in Paris, such as metro and train services, which, we are advised, are expected to operate a normal service," Etihad said.

It added: "We apologise for the inconvenience caused and expect a regular chauffeur service to resume soon."

Travel to France is set to be disrupted on Tuesday due to a French public sector strike, which could affect air traffic control, public transport and taxi services.

The industrial action is set to run until 5am GMT on Wednesday.

European air traffic control organisation Eurocontrol has asked nine major French airports to reduce their normal schedules by 20 percent on Tuesday.

The airports affected are Charles De Gaulle, Orly, Beauvais–Tille, Lyon–Saint-Exupery, Nice Cote d'Azur, Marseille Provence, Bordeaux–Merignac, Toulouse Blagnac and Nantes Atlantique.

Passengers travelling to France are also being warned that taxi drivers may also blockade access roads to some major airports.

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