Tuesday 16 January 2018

New strike forces Ryanair and Aer Lingus to cancel French flights

French ATC strikes

Ryanair, Aer Lingus
Ryanair, Aer Lingus
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Yet another French Air Traffic Control strike has been announced, just as Ireland conclude their historic Group E campaign.

Football fans travelling in France have contended with strikes by oil workers, pilots and air traffic controllers since the tournament began.

Now comes the news that French ATC workers are to strike again on Thursday, June 23, the day after Ireland beat Italy to progress in Euro 2016.

Ryanair has been forced to cancel 56 flights to, from and over France on June 23, including flights between Dublin and Madrid, Carcassonne and EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. The full list of affected flights is here.

Meanwhile, Aer Lingus has cancelled six flights:

  • EI514 Dublin to Marseilles
  • EI515 Marseilles to Dublin
  • EI510 Dublin to Perpignan
  • EI511 Perpignan to Dublin
  • EI532 Dublin to Toulouse
  • EI533 Toulouse 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.

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.

The strikes are the 51st by French ATC unions since 2009, according to Ryanair, which says they are "planned to directly target the European Championships".

“These strikes by French ATC workers are becoming a weekly event by now, causing chaos for families wanting to take their summer breaks but also designed to upset the plans of football fans coming from far and wide to France to enjoy the Euros," said Kenny Jacobs, the airline's Chief Marketing Officer.

The airline 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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