Ryanair, Europe’s No 1 airline, today (20 Mar) condemned the selfish actions of the French ATC unions who once more caused the cancellation of hundreds of flights and delays across Europe following their 41st strike since 2009.
Ryanair has repeatedly called on the French Government and EU Commission to take action to prevent European consumers regularly being held to ransom by tiny numbers of ATC workers, who disrupt not only flights to and from France, but those overflying France, meaning ordinary travellers whose flights neither take-off from or land in a French airport are also suffering cancellations and delays.
Ryanair urged consumers to sign its Keep Europe’s Skies Open petition which calls on the European Commission and European Parliament to protect Europe from repeated blackmail and disruption by ATC unions by:
1 – Removing the right to strike from Europe’s ATC unions, in the same way that Europe’s police and military are not allowed to strike. However, European ATC workers could still join unions, organise and advance their concerns through mediation or binding arbitration, that do not involve strikes or closing skies over Europe.
2 – Allowing other European ATCs to manage flights over French airspace during ATC union strike action.
When Ryanair obtains 1m signatures, this petition will be presented in Brussels to the EU Commission and the EU Parliament who will then be forced to consider taking action to prevent these unwarranted disruptions.
Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said:
“Due to yet another French ATC strike – the 41st such strike since 2009 – we regret we were forced to cancel a number of flights on Sunday, with further flights cancelled on Monday, and delays likely. All affected customers have been contacted by email and SMS text message and advised of their options: a full refund, rebooking on to the next available flight or rebooking onto an alternative route. Those travelling on Monday should check the status of their flight on the Ryanair.com website before travelling to the airport and follow @Ryanair on Twitter for updates.
We sincerely apologise to all those affected by the unwarranted actions of these French ATC workers who continue to hold European consumers to ransom and we call on the French Government and EU Commission to take action to prevent any further disruptions. It’s grossly unfair that thousands of ordinary European consumers have their travel and holiday plans disrupted by the actions of a selfish few. We also encourage any affected customers to sign our online petition, Keep Europe’s Skies Open –http://www.keepeuropesskiesopen.com.”
20 Mar 2016