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Thousands of flights have been canceled because France’s control system can no longer handle the traffic

Thousands of flights have been canceled because France’s control system can no longer handle the traffic

Thousands of flights will be canceled at major airports in Paris in January and February, as France upgrades its air traffic control systems.

This is also timely because French controllers are still working on the system developed in the 1970s, sometimes modeling incoming aircraft using strips of paper. Although the system has been continuously updated over the years, major repairs are now inevitable due to the rapid increase in air traffic.

Nearly eighty percent of the system needs to be updated, and the new software has already been implemented at air traffic control centers in Reims and Aix-en-Provence. However, it has not yet been tested at France’s largest airport, Athes-Mons, which handles Paris and Beauvais airports. This will take place in early 2024 over a period of six weeks, between January 9 and February 14, and if all goes well in testing, the program will be delivered live in November.

While work is still ongoing, an estimated 16,500 flights will be cancelled.

Airlines were advised to reduce the number of flights at Charles de Gaulle, Orly, Le Bourget and Beauvais airports in Paris by 20 percent during this period.

Air France has already canceled some short- and medium-haul flights, and the Air France-KLM group has removed a total of more than 4,200 aircraft from the schedule, which passengers have already been informed of, and are offering other flights on the same day.

In France, the past period has not been the quietest ever in terms of flights, and it is also possible that the number of flights will decrease in the future for other reasons.

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(source: euronewsPhotos: Getty Images)

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