Flight chaos ahead as French air traffic staff launch strike action over labour reforms
The strikes have been called due to a breakdown in talks between the EU Commission and the French ATC unions over labour reform plans.
The strikes are expected to take place at 6pm British time today and will last until 5am on Friday 23 March.
The airline said in a statement: “Ryanair regrets that it has been forced to cancel a number of flights on Thursday (22 Mar) to/from/over France. Affected customers have been notified and advised of their options by email and SMS text message to the contact details provided at the time of booking. Further cancellations are possible and delays likely as French ATC unions yet again close the skies over Europe.”
Ryanair’s chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said: “Yet again, thousands of European consumers will have their travel plans disrupted by a tiny group of French ATC unions going on strike this week. As a result, we regret we’ve been forced to cancel a number of flights on Thursday, 22nd March.
“All of our affected customers have been contacted and informed of their options and we advise all those travelling on Thursday to check the status of their flight on the Ryanair.com website before leaving for their airport. We again urge European consumers to sign the A4E online petition, Keep Europe’s Skies Open, (http://www.keepeuropesskiesopen.com/) to help protect Europe from repeated disruption by ATC unions. Enough is enough.”
Jet2.com said it would “continue to do everything we can to operate as close to our normal schedule as possible during this strike action”.
EasyJet said it was one of number of airlines that would have to reduce its schedule from Thursday at the request of the French Civil Aviation Authority, resulting in the cancellation of 14 flights between the UK and France.
The airline added that affected customers would be able to transfer their flight free of charge or receive a refund and hotel accommodation.
British Airways, meanwhile, said its flight schedule was facing significant disruption.
“We are doing our best to reduce the levels of disruption and are offering our customers who are due to fly to/from France, Madrid or Barcelona during the strike period, the chance to rebook their flight if they no longer wish to travel even if their flight is still scheduled to operate.
On its website, Flybe published a list of flights that had been cancelled, including several from Manchester and Birmingham to Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport.
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