Monday 26 February 2018

Ryanair cancels 110 flights Tuesday due to French ATC strikes

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A Ryanair plane prepares to land at Barcelona's El Prat. Photo: JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
A Ryanair plane prepares to land at Barcelona's El Prat. Photo: JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Ryanair has been forced to cancel 110 flights to, from and over France today as French ATC unions strike once again.

Further cancellations are possible and delays likely, it said, while advising customers to check their flight status before travelling to the airport.

Flight cancellations from Ireland are as follows:

  • FR1984 - Dublin to Carcassonne
  • FR1116 - Dublin to Reus
  • FR1982 - Dublin to Biarritz
  • FR1985 - Carcassonne to Dublin
  • FR1115 - Reus to Dublin
  • FR1983 - Biarritz to Dublin cork

Aer Lingus flights EI514 and EI515 (Dublin to/from Marseille) and EI542 and EI 543 (to/from Nice) were also listed as cancelled on Dublin Airport's website this morning. 

Unions are striking as part of a nationwide walk-out in response to French President Macron's labour reforms.

Ryanair has called on the Macron Government and European Commission to take immediate action to prevent the disruptions by French ATC unions.

“President Macron’s Government has announced a major transformation of French labour laws – but it appears nothing changes when it comes to ATC disruption and unions holding Europe to ransom," said Chief Marketing Officer, Kenny Jacobs.

"Enough is enough."

Ryanair and other EU airlines are lobbying the European Commission to require French ATC unions to engage in binding arbitration instead of strikes, to allow Europe's other ATCs to operate overflights over France while their unions strike, and to protect overflights (under minimum service obligations) during such strikes.

A petition is available for customers to sign at keepeuropesskiesopen.com.

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

The airline 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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