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Published on : Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Ryanair regrets that it has been forced to cancel 102 flights on Tuesday (5 July), over France, in what will be the 53rd French ATC strike in 7 years, and 13th in the last 14 weeks. Over 18,000 Ryanair customers will have their flights and holidays cancelledtomorrow, and over 100,000 others will suffer severe delays while this French ATC union yet again (13 times in 14 weeks) closes the skies over Europe.
Ryanair and other EU airlines have repeatedly called upon the Commission to introduce three simple measures which would alleviate the impact of these frequent ATC strikes on Europe’s citizens as follows:
(a) require French ATC unions to engage in binding arbitration instead of strikes
(b) allow Europe’s other ATCs to operate overflights over France while their unions strike
(c) protect French overflights (under minimum service obligations) during French ATC strikes
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 all its customers to sign its “Keep Europe’s Skies Open” petition, which it will present to the European Commission when it accrues a million signatures.