A strike by air traffic controllers in French-speaking West Africa July 26-28 raised safety concerns with the International Federation of Airline Pilots Assn. (Ifalpa) after workers called for 48 hr. of “radio silence” in control towers. Ifalpa warned flight crews to exercise “extreme caution.” After 48 hr., a 6-8% pay hike and a boost in retirement age from 55 to 60 was agreed to, and controllers went back to work. Flights were disrupted or canceled there during the action.


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