Thursday 19 July 2018

Ryanair halts over 100 Italian flights due to air traffic control strike

Michael O’Leary. Photo: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg
Michael O’Leary. Photo: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg business desk

RYANAIR has halted over 108 flights to and from Italy and within the country as a result of an air traffic strike in the country.

"All affected customers have been contacted by email and SMS text message and advised of their options of a full refund, or rebooking on to the next available flight, or onto an alternative route," Ryanair said.

“We sincerely apologise to all customers disrupted by these unjustified strikes – the fifth such ATC strike in the last three weeks – by ATC unions who are holding European consumers to ransom.

The airline added that it was calling on the Italian Government and European Commission to act to prevent any further ATC strikes and disruptions.

“We encourage all customers to sign our online petition, ‘Keep Europe’s Skies Open’ which we will present to the EU Commission and the EU Parliament to force them to finally take action to protect consumers from these unjustified ATC strike disruptions.”

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