Impasse in Air Tahiti strike talks

1:11 pm on 30 May 2016
Air Tahiti aircraft

Air Tahiti aircraft Photo: AFP

There is no end in sight to the strike at Air Tahiti which has hampered French Polynesia's air travel for more than two weeks.

The domestic carrier has been rescheduling the few flights it could provide ever since the start of the strike, announcing now its planned flights for the next three days.

Today, it has cancelled flights to among others the Austral islands and within the Marquesas.

Tomorrow, several destinations within the Tuamotu archipelago will miss out on services.

Flights from Moorea, the island closest to Tahiti, have been suspended.

The airline estimates its strike-related losses so far to be in the range of three million US dollars.

The carrier plans to cut working hours to reflect a downturn in business, but unions are resisting the change.

Negotiations have been unsuccessful and calls by the government to find a settlement have been ignored.

An Air Tahiti plane

An Air Tahiti plane Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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