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Air France cancels more than half its flights on pilot strike

Air France (AF) canceled more than half its flights on day two of what may become the airline’s most disruptive strike since 1998, as pilots protest measures aimed at cutting costs.

The airline flew 47 percent of scheduled flights as of 11 a.m. Paris time, more than yesterday’s 40 percent, as pilots walked out to protest plans to expand low-cost operations with flight crews paid less than at the main carrier. A strike planned for today by Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LHA) pilots was canceled.

“We’re continuing to inform passengers in real-time about possible flight changes, and about alternatives that we’re able to offer,” Catherine Jude, director of operations at Air France, a unit of Air France-KLM Group, told reporters today at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

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