31 Mar 2010

Strike at Tahiti airport prevents Los Angeles flight from taking off

3:12 pm on 31 March 2010

A strike at French Polynesia's international airport has prevented this morning's flight from departing for the United States.

After waiting all day for the plane to be cleared, passengers of the Los-Angeles-bound Air Tahiti Nui airliner were sent home.

Because of the strike there has been a shortage of firefighters needed to allow international flights to take-off, but domestic flights are not affected.

RFO Radio reports that negotiations are continuing to address the grievances of the three unions concerned.

The stoppage comes amid worries about the future management of the airport in Faa'a, fearing that the change to a French company on April the 1st could impact on employment conditions.