Saturday 24 February 2018

Over 90 Ryanair flights cancelled Thursday due to French ATC strike

Travel disruption

Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Ryanair has cancelled more than 90 flights ahead of a General Strike scheduled for France on Thursday, March 31.

Dozens of Ryanair flights are affected, both to French airports and to routes using French air space - including from Ireland to Spain.

The following departures are cancelled to/from Dublin Airport:

  • FR1984; Dublin to Carcassonne
  • FR1982; Dublin to Biarritz
  • FR1985; Carcassonne to Dublin
  • FR1983; Biarritz to Dublin
  • FR3978, Dublin to Madrid
  • FR1986; Dublin to Nantes
  • FR1987; Nantes to Dublin
  • FR3979; Madrid to Dublin

No Ryanair flights out of Cork or Shannon are affected. At the time of publication, Aer Lingus and CityJet were not expecting any changes to Thursday schedules.

Ryanair has condemned the "unjustified actions" of the French ATC unions, claiming that this is the 43rd such strike since 2007.

It follows a similar strike on March 21 and 22, when the airline was forced to cancel hundreds of flights to France and through French airspace.

"Repeated and disproportionate industrial action by French ATC unions is seriously impacting the travel plans of thousands of passengers during Easter," said Thomas Reyneart, Managing Director of Airlines for Europe (A4E), an association of airlines including Ryanair, Air France/KLM, Lufthansa and Aer Lingus owner, IAG.

Last year, more than 10,000 flights operated by A4E members were affected by 28 days of ATC strikes in Europe, the association says.

Separately, Aer Lingus has cancelled all flights to/from Brussels Airport up to and including Friday, April 1, following terrorist attacks in the city last week.

Ryanair is operating its Brussels Zaventem schedule from Brussels Charleroi up to and including Friday, April 1, it said this morning.

Brussels Airport is preparing for a "partial restart" of activities.

Airline passengers whose flights are cancelled are entitled to a full refund, rebooking onto the next available flight, or rebooking onto an alternative route.

More info: What happens if my flights are cancelled?

Ryanair says all affected customers have been contacted by email and SMS text message and advised of their options.

A full list of cancelled flights is available here.

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