Ryanair yesterday (13 June) called again on the European Commission to finally take action to prevent the skies over Europe being closed once more by French ATC union strikes, targeting the European Championships.
Ryanair regrets that it has been forced to cancel 44 flights on Tuesday (14 June), to/from and over France, in what will be the 50th French strike since 2009, and 10th in the past 12 weeks.
This latest strike is being planned to directly target the European Championships, leaving football fans from Europe and beyond at the mercy of French ATC unions.
Ryanair and other EU airlines have repeatedly called upon the Commission to introduce three simple measures which would alleviate the impact of such of ATC strikes on consumers as follows:
(a) require French ATC unions to engage in binding arbitration instead of strikes to resolve their claims, or
(b) allow Europe’s other ATCs to operate overflights over France while ATC unions are on strike
(c) require that flights over France are protected while ATC unions are on strike
Ryanair advised customers travelling on Tuesday to check the status of their flight on the Ryanair.com website before travelling to the airport and urged passionate football fans to sign its Keep Europe’s Skies Open petition, which it will present to the European Commission once it accrues a million signatures.
Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said:
“These ongoing strikes by the French ATC unions are being directly aimed not only at families taking a well-deserved summer holiday, but also at the millions of football fans coming to France this summer for the Euros. It is shocking that a small group of unionized workers can hold a continent of football fans to ransom, and we regret that once again we have been forced to cancel a number of flights due to the selfish actions of these workers.
We now urge every disrupted customer, as well as disgruntled football fans, to sign up to Ryanair’s petition, www.KeepEuropesSkiesOpen.com, and when we gather one million signatures, we will present this petition to the European Commission to force it to finally take necessary action.”