Dublin based airline Ryanair has again demanded the European Commission take action against striking French air traffic controllers (ATC), after the latest forced cancellation of over 100 Ryanair flights. Many other airlines have also been affected, many having no option but to fly around French air space or cancel.
The company has dumped over 102 flights due to take place tomorrow, the cancellations said to affect over 18,000 passengers, the knock on effect with aircraft out of position - effectively playing 'catch up' with 'dead-leg' empty flights to restore the post strike schedules - with 100,000 plus set to suffer "severe delays" over many weeks.
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The airline laments this is the 53rd French ATC strike in seven years, and the 13th calculated industrial action disruption by the French ATC unions in the last 14 weeks.
Ryanair urges the Commission to introduce "three simple measures" which would alleviate the impact of the strikes:
- a requirement that French ATC unions engage in binding arbitration instead of strikes;
- that Europe’s other ATCs be allowed to operate flights over France while their unions strike;
- and that flightpaths over France be protected during French ATC strikes.
"The recent 'Brexit' vote underlines that the EU Commission must now begin to deliver real benefits for Europe’s consumers, showing families and holidaymakers that Europe is on their side and will not allow a small group of French ATC unions to repeatedly close the skies over Europe.”
Sources: Reuters, CNS, CityAM, BBCNews, AFP,
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