European travellers taken hostage in air traffic strikes: A4E calls for action

  • A4E calls for action plan to minimise strike impact.
  • More than 10,000 flights of A4E airlines affected by strikes in 2015.


The French air traffic control (ATC) strike between 20-22 March highlights yet again the urgent need for an immediate action plan to minimise strike effects on both local traffic and overflights. Last year, more than 10,000 flights operated by A4E members were affected by 28 days of ATC strikes in Europe causing unnecessary delays and inconvenience for millions of passengers.

The negative impact of ATC strikes on European Aviation is a key   issue for our airlines and their customers. The European Commission must stand up for consumers and promote their rights. We urge all parties involved to develop and agree on an action plan and A4E will take the lead, seeking urgent working sessions with all stakeholders. We just can’t just spoil the Easter holiday break of European travellers,” said Thomas Reynaert, Managing Director of A4E.

At its launch in January this year, A4E highlighted its position on improving European Air Traffic Management. These are delivering reliable and efficient airspace by reducing the cost of ATC provision through completion of the Single European Sky and better economic regulation at EU level; ensuring that the disruption caused by ATC strikes to passengers across Europe is minimised; using new technology to make efficiency savings; and using SESAR funding to drive compliance with the Single Sky framework.



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