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Pilots' strike cripples Air France

Passengers faced a second day of travel disruption on Tuesday as Air France pilots extended a strike in protest at the airline's plans to expand its low-cost subsidiary. Air France was forced to scrap 60 per cent of its flights as unions estimated three quarters of pilots followed their call to strike.

Unions fear the flag carrier is seeking to bolster its Transavia France subsidiary, a leisure airline that flies to holiday destinations, because pilots there earn less than Air France pilots. A pilot for the French flag carrier earns about 75,000 euros ($97,000) a year on average while captains of long-haul flights can earn up to 250,000 euros ($323,730).
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