By Jonathan Davies

Air France pilots have ended a strike which has lasted two weeks, costing the airline hundreds of millions of euros.

An agreement is yet to be reached over a dispute concerning Air France's plans for its budget subsidiary, Transavia. The French airline had planned to expand Transavia, but a squeeze on profits meant those plans were sheleved, prompting the two week strike.

Pilots' union SNPL said the strike was ended so that negotiations could "continue in a calmer climate".

Air France said it "deeply regrets that, despite lengthy negotiations since the beginning of the conflict (including 15 hours yesterday)... the balanced and reasonable protocol to end the conflict proposed by management has not been signed by the unions".

The end to the strike means flights would return to normal from Tuesday, Air France said.

SNPL had offered to end the strike if an independent mediator was appointed, but the airline and French government, which owns a 16% stake in Air France, rejected it.

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