Published on : Thursday, June 23, 2016
Ryanair, Europe’s No 1 airline, today (22 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, who continue to target the European Championships.
Ryanair regrets that it has been forced to cancel 56 flights on Thursday (23 June), to/from and over France, in what will be the 51stFrench strike since 2009, and 11th in the past 12 weeks.
This latest strike is once again being aimed directly to upset the travel plans of football fans looking to attend the European Championships, leaving schedules in chaos and yet again leaving the arrangements of families and leisure travelers 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 Thursday 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.