16 Jun 2010

Deal to end French Polynesia strike signed

8:07 am on 16 June 2010

A deal has been signed in French Polynesia, ending the strike that has paralysed international travel to and from the country for days.

The French high commissioner has told local television that an agreement has been reached to allow international flights to resume after a handful of firefighters at the airport were ordered to end their strike.

Air Tahiti Nui and Air France have begun selecting and contacting passengers among the thousands of stranded people for flights to Japan, the US and France.

Special flights are expected to be put on to help clear the backlog, with priority being given to foreign tourists and urgent cases.