Airlines worked Saturday to deliver luggage to passengers around the world after a technical glitch left at least 1,500 suitcases stuck at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, the latest of several tangles to hit travelers this summer.
The airport’s baggage sorting system had a technical glitch on Friday that caused 15 flights to leave without luggage, leaving around 1,500 bags on the ground, according to the airport’s operating company. The airport handled about 1,300 flights overall on Friday, the operator said.
Union activists said many more passengers flew without their bags, apparently due to repercussions from the original breakdown.
It came as airport workers are on strike at French airports to demand more hiring and higher wages to keep up with high global inflation. Due to the strike, aviation authorities canceled 17% of flights from Paris airports on Friday morning and another 14% were canceled on Saturday.
Passengers on canceled flights were alerted days before their flights. The scene at Charles de Gaulle on Saturday was busy but typical of the first weekend in July, when France’s summer travel season kicks off.
The unions plan to continue the strike on Sunday, but so far no flights have been cancelled. They have threatened to resume the strike next weekend if negotiations with company management fail to reach a compromise.
Until now, French airports had largely been spared the chaos recently seen at airports in London, Amsterdam and some other European and American cities. Airlines and airports that cut jobs during the COVID-19 crisis are struggling to keep up with surging demand as travel resurfaces after two years of virus restrictions.
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