Wednesday 18 October 2017

Travel chaos as Ryanair and Aer Lingus cancel 188 flights on Tuesday

Summer of Discontent

Ryanair plane. Photo: Deposit
Ryanair plane. Photo: Deposit
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Ryanair's predicted "summer of discontent" is coming to pass, with French ATC unions set to strike again on June 28.

Tuesday's strike, which Ryanair says is the 52nd since 2009 and the 12th in 13 weeks, is forcing the cancellation of 166 of its flights to/from and over France.

The strikes will affect 30,000 travellers and football fans with both Aer Lingus and Ryanair - including Irish supporters making their way home after Euro 2016.

Ryanair's Irish cancellations on Tuesday, June 28:

  • FR9905: Cork to Bordeaux
  • FR9906: Bordeaux to Cork
  • FR7256: Dublin to Madrid
  • FR7257: Madrid to Dublin
  • FR1984: Dublin to Carcassonne
  • FR1985: Carcassonne to Dublin
  • FR1982: Dublin to Biarritz
  • FR1983: Biarritz to Dublin
  • FR1986: Dublin to Nantes
  • FR1987: Nantes to Dublin
  • FR9864: Dublin to Rodez
  • FR9865: Rodez to Dublin
  • FR1985: Dublin to Nice
  • FR1959: Nice to Dublin

Aer Lingus has also announced the cancellation of 12 flights:

  • EI 562 Dublin to Barcelona
  • EI 563 Barcelona to Dublin
  • EI 594 Dublin to Madrid
  • EI 595 Madrid to Dublin
  • EI 514 Dublin to Marseille
  • EI 515 Marseille to Dublin
  • EI 510 Dublin to Perpignan
  • EI 511 Perpignan to Dublin
  • EI 544 Dublin to Nice
  • EI 545 Nice to Dublin
  • EI 508 Dublin to Bordeaux
  • EI 509 Bordeaux to Dublin

Passengers of both airlines should check their websites for full details, where they will be able to apply for a re-routing or refund of cancelled flights.

Read more: What happens if my flights are cancelled?

Air-traffic control unions are striking due to proposed changes to working arrangements and retirement conditions under French labour laws, and are also reported to be unhappy with salary levels.

"It is now time for action by the European Commission," said Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair's Chief Marketing Officer, who previously predicted a "summer of content" due to continuing French ATC strikes during the peak holiday period.

"This latest strike is aimed at disrupting as many travel plans as possible."

Ryanair is seeking one million signatures for an online petition at keepeuropesskiesopen.com, which it plans to present to the European Commission.

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