French air strike strands 2,000 at Irish airports
Published 22/07/2010 | 05:00
DOZENS of families had their holiday plans ruined yesterday by a French air traffic controllers' strike.
Around 2,000 passengers travelling through Irish airports were affected after unions announced a strike in France.
Some holidaymakers hope to travel out to their destination in France today, while others were accommodated on alternative flights last night.
Roisin and Michael Gallagher, along with their three children Aoibhinn (8), Padraic (6), and Ella (4), only learned a number of flights were cancelled as they listened to the midday news on the radio as they drove from their home in Co Mayo to Dublin Airport.
"We were due to fly to Biarritz. It is our first holiday abroad since we got married, there was great excitement this morning," Mrs Gallagher said, as they joined the growing queue at the Ryanair ticket sales desk.
Aer Lingus was forced to cancel four flights in total, one to and from Nice and another to and from Paris. Around 600 passengers were affected in total, a spokeswoman confirmed.
Ryanair cancelled eight flights, with around 1,200 passengers affected. These included flights to Carcassonne, Marseille and Biarritz.
"There may be some more disruption, keep an eye on the website," Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara advised.
He said passengers would be emailed and offered a refund, or the option to switch to an alternative flight.