French ATC strike confirmed

Mar 07, 2017, 00:32
French ATC strike confirmed

EasyJet, Ryanair and British Airways have cancelled flights on Monday as French air traffic controllers (ATCs) began a five-day strike. Control centres in Brest and Bordeaux are striking until 7pm on Friday while action in the south of France is running until 5am on Friday.

Ryanair has cancelled two Irish flights tomorrow, between Dublin and Nantes, and is advising all passengers to check their website.

Any planes travelling through French airspace are liable to be effected - including United Kingdom flights to and from Italy, Switzerland and Spain.

Ryanair said it was forced to cancel 45 flights on Monday which were due to operate to, from or over France.

Budget airline easyJet said it expects to cancel between 30 to 40 flights this morning as a result.

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"We will be using larger aircraft, wherever we can, to help customers from any cancelled flights get to where they need to be".

"Another tweeted: "#shock Air traffic control on strike in France.

They say that air control strikes have cost up to €12billion over the last seven years and that there were 217 such strikes in the European Union from 2010-2016 amounting to one disrupted day every nine days.

A4E says 2016 was a record year for ATC strikes, with 41 days affected - meaning more than 35,000 flights have been cancelled due to strikes since 2010. Airlines have urged the European Commission to allow neighbouring countries to carry out ATC operations in French airspace, thereby minimising the disruption. The turmoil is exacerbated by separate Air France cabin-crew strike.

Passengers are not entitled to cash compensations for delays and cancellations, but airlines must provide meals and accommodation to disrupted travellers. "They can not stand idyl by and allow another summer of disruption and travel misery for European consumers to take place".