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Aviation: Strikes across Europe hit the big two airlines

AER LINGUS has cancelled two flights between Dublin and Brussels due to an air traffic controllers' strike in Belgium. Affected customers will be informed via SMS message and email as well as regular intervals via aerlingus.com. Aer Lingus has activated change-for-free and refund request facilities on aerlingus.com.

Meanwhile, Ryanair has been forced to cancel all flights to Spain today due a strike there.

The airline is in the process of contacting passengers affected via email, and a full list of flight cancellations is published on its website. It said that it had hoped to operate 'hand-baggage only flights' in order to reduce the inconvenience and disruption to passengers, but this was not possible.