Passengers stand at an Air France desk in Nice Cote D'Azur International airport on the first day of a strike by Air France stewards, in Nice, France, July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Pierre Amet
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Air France said Wednesday the first day of a week-long strike by flight crews had forced it to cancel 13 percent of flights, hitting business at the height of the busy holiday period.The carrier said the cancellations were in line with expectations but forecast Thursday would see nearer 20 percent of flights scrapped.The carrier had said Monday it would cancel 30 percent of domestic and medium-haul flights with some 35 percent of flight attendants, who account for 13,600 of its 50,000-strong workforce, set to join a stoppage affecting about 10 percent of long-haul flights.Air France estimated that stoppage cost it some 40 million euros ($45 million).
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