Wednesday 25 April 2018

Ryanair and Aer Lingus cancel flights as new strike 'targets' football fans

French ATC Strikes

Airplane stock photo: Deposit Photos
Airplane stock photo: Deposit Photos
Ryanair, Aer Lingus
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Within hours of Ireland's Euro 2016 opener, soccer fans are facing their second wave of travel disruption due to strikes.

On Monday, fans travelling with Air France from Dublin to Paris saw their plans upended as a pilots' strike forced the cancellation of a 9.10am flight.

Now comes the news that French ATC workers are to strike on Tuesday, the day after Ireland faced Sweden, disrupting both Ryanair and Aer Lingus schedules.

Ryanair has been forced to cancel 44 flights to, from and over France on June 14, including FR1984 and FR1985 to/from Carcassone and Dublin.

Aer Lingus has been forced to cancel eight flights:

  • EI508     Dublin to Bordeaux
  • EI509     Bordeaux to Dublin
  • EI544     Dublin to Nice
  • EI545     Nice to Dublin
  • EI562     Dublin to Barcelona
  • EI563     Barcelona to Dublin
  • EI552     Dublin to Lyons
  • EI553     Lyons 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 50th by French ATC unions since 2009, according to Ryanair, which says they are "planned to directly target the European Championships".

“It’s not only holidaymakers whose travel plans are in jeopardy," said Thomas Reynaert, Managing Director of A4E, Europe's largest airline association.

"Fans visiting Euro 2016 are also at risk and face the real prospect of sitting on the tarmac on a delayed flight while holding tickets to see their country playing.”

French ATC strikes have caused over 150 days of disruption since 2009, A4E says.

The latest strikes are expected to end Tuesday evening.

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