French protest blocks runway

4th Apr 2006

A runway demonstration by protesting French students has prevented a a flight from returning to Britain. About 50 protesters at Chambery airport in the French Alps stopped the no-frills carrier from taking off.

This meant that about 100 passengers were unable to board the Boeing 737 flight.

The passengers, who were due to fly back to Leeds Bradford airport.

The student action meant that another flights from Manchester to Chambery was diverted to the French town of Grenoble.

“Our passengers are stuck and French police have done nothing to stop students who are sitting on the runway,’’ chief executive Philip Meeson, told the UK’s Press Association.


Students are protesting against youth unemployment.

French air traffic control staff also plan to take industrial action, this will be ongoing until the morning of April 5.


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