Ryanair condemns the new French ATC strike of 14-16 September

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Ryanair today (14 Sep) again called on the European Commission to take action to prevent the skies over Europe being closed once more tonight and tomorrow by French ATC unions.

Ryanair regrets that it has been forced to cancel 22 flights on Wednesday evening (14 Sep) and 72 flights on Thursday (15 Sep) as a result of the 14th French ATC strike this year, with further delays likely.

Ryanair and other EU airlines have repeatedly called upon the Commission to introduce simple measures, which would alleviate the impact of these frequent ATC strikes on Europe’s citizens as follows:

1 – require ATC unions to engage in binding arbitration instead of strikes

2 – allow Europe’s other ATCs to operate overflights while unions strike

3 – protect overflights (under minimum service obligations) during ATC strikes

4 – allow airlines to recover their EU 261 expenses from striking ATC providers

Ryanair sincerely apologised to all customers disrupted by these unjustified strikes, all of whom have been been contacted by email and SMS text message 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, and urged all customers to sign the Airlines For Europe (A4E) petition, “Keep Europe’s Skies Open”, (http://www.keepeuropesskiesopen.com) which will be presented to the European Commission when one million signatures are accrued.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said:

“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. 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.”   

Full flight information: 

https://www.ryanair.com/ie/en/useful-info/help-centre/travel-updates/air-traffic-control-strike4

14 Sep 2016

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