Monday 23 April 2018

Irish travellers feel the string as air traffic control strike grounds six flights in and out of Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport

David Kearns

An air traffic control strike in France has ruined the travel plans of hundreds of Irish passengers as dozens of flights to and from France are cancelled.

Both Aer Lingus and Ryanair are advising their customers to check their flight status before travelling to Dublin airport.

Already a spokesperson for Dublin Airport said they had cancelled four outbound flights so far, and that they were expecting further cancellations as the day goes on.

Aer Lingus has cancelled two flights to and from Paris, while Ryanair has been forced to ground four flights in and out of Dublin due to the strike.

Worse still for the budget airline, it has had to cancel some 200 flights in and out of France because of the disruption.

“We regret that we’ve been forced to cancel over 200 flights, both to/from France, (including 4 Dublin flights to/from Barcelona and Paris Beauvais) and flights overflying France, as a result of this unwarranted ATC strike,” said a spokesperson for the airline.

Ryanair customers can monitor their flight status here.

Air France is currently operate all of its long-haul flights and more than 80 percent of its short flights.

The French air traffic controllers’ unions are striking over job losses and concerns about proposed changes to how salaries are calculated.

Among the affected airports are Charles De Gaulle, Orly, Beauvais–Tille, Lyon–Saint-Exupery, Nice Cote d’Azur, Marseille Provence, Bordeaux–Merignac, Toulouse Blagnac and Nantes Atlantique.

Ryanair has called on the European Commission and European Parliament to either ban air traffic control strikes, or allow rival providers to manage flights during strikes, to minimise travel disruptions such events.

On Monday the French civil aviation authority (DGAC) asked airlines to cancel one in five flights into and from French as preventive measure ahead of the strike.

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