Saturday 16 December 2017

Travel chaos looms on the horizon for air passengers

Ryanair filer
Ryanair filer
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

Irish passengers heading to and from France face travel chaos as the country's air traffic controllers launch a series of strikes.

The French civil aviation body has urged airlines across the continent to cut flights by up to 40pc as a preventative measure.

The eight-day strike, called by a leading trade union, is due to start today.

Ryanair has cancelled 17 flights in and out of Shannon and Dublin airports.

In total, it has cancelled 250 flights across various European routes, which will affect thousands of its passengers. The airline also warned further cancellations and delays are likely.

The airline said all discommoded customers have been contacted and advised of their options.

Meanwhile, Aer Lingus said it has been forced to cancel two flights: EI 522 Dublin to Paris and EI 523 Paris to Dublin. Full refunds and information on rebooking flights is available online, the airline added.

A number of Cityjet flights have also been cancelled.

However, a Dublin Airport spokesperson told independent.ie that all airlines "notified all their passengers either by text message or email so there are no passengers stranded".

Traffic is busy at Dublin Aiport but "that's expected due to the Easter holidays".

Irish Independent

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