Ryanair has cancelled 22 European flights due to depart this evening and 72 flights scheduled for tomorrow due to the 14th strike this year by French air traffic controllers (ATC).
Further delays are likely. Ryanair apologised to affected customers, all of whom have been contacted by email and SMS and advised of their options of a full refund, rebooking on to the next available flight, or rebooking onto an alternative route.
Ryanair advised customers travelling tonight and tomorrow to check the status of their flight on the Ryanair.com website before travelling to the airport.
The airline has again called on the European Commission to take action to prevent ATC strikes. It has also urged its customers to sign the Airlines For Europe’s ‘Keep Europe’s Skies Open’ (A4E) petition.
“It's reprehensible that Europe’s consumers repeatedly have their holiday and travel plans disrupted or cancelled by the selfish actions of ATC unions, who use strikes as a first weapon rather than a last resort,” said Ryanair’s Robin Kiely.
“This French ATC strike will impact hundreds of thousands of European consumers and throw their travel plans into chaos once more.
“It’s high time that the European Commission takes action to prevent these repeated ATC strikes from continuously disrupting the travel plans of millions of Europe’s citizens and their families.”