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French air traffic controllers strike causes flight cancellations in UK

Business Travel
Published: 6 March 2017

British Airways, EasyJet and Ryanair and have all cancelled flights on today as French air traffic controllers (ATCs) begin a new five-day strike.

It is likely that in excess of 1,000 flights will be cancelled this week as a separate strike by Air France on Tuesday means airlines are being asked to cut their services by 25%.

The ATCs action will affect flights to France plus those crossing its airspace which includes flights to and from Italy, Switzerland and Spain.

More than 35,000 flights have been cancelled due to strikes since 2010 with 2016 being a record year with 41 days affected.

An spokeswoman for easyJet said: “EasyJet is disappointed at this unnecessary strike action causing further disruption for passengers and airlines across Europe. As a member of Airlines for Europe, we are working with other airlines to call on governments and the EU to develop an action plan to minimise the impact of ATC strikes on passengers.

“Though this is outside of our control, we would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused, and would like to reassure them we are doing all possible to minimise any disruption as a result of the industrial action.”

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs, said: “We call on the French government and European commission to take immediate action to prevent thousands of European consumers from having their travel plans disrupted by a tiny group of ATC unions going on strike.

“They cannot stand idly by and allow another summer of disruption and travel misery for European consumers to take place.”