Ryanair calls on European Commission to intervene to protect overflights.
Ryanair has today, Monday 6th February, confirmed that it has been forced to cancelled a small number of flights as a direct result of the 3rd French ATC strike since the start of 2023 and once again calls on the European Commission to intervene to stop a small number of French Air Traffic Controllers from holding European travelers and tourists to ransom with this repeated and unnecessary strike action which takes place from 17:00, 6 Feb to 06:00 on 8 Feb.
It is inexplicable that flights which overfly France are disrupted by French ATC strikes yet domestic French flights are protected by minimum service laws. Ryanair is once again calling on the European Commission under Ursula von der Leyen to finally take action to preserve the Free Movement of People by protecting overflights over French airspace and proposes 3 simple measures:
- Require French ATC unions to engage in binding arbitration instead of strikes
- Protect French overflights (under minimum services laws)
- Allow Europe’s other ATCs to manage overflights over France while French ATC unions strike
Ryanair sincerely apologises to customers for the small number of unavoidable cancellations and any delays they may face as a result of this single ATC union strike in France starting today, 6th Feb and ending on 8th Feb and advises passengers travelling to/from/over France during this period to check the Ryanair website or app for flight status updates before travelling to the airport.
Ryanair Director of Operations, Neal McMahon says: “We have had to cancel a small number of our 2,500 daily flights as a result of yet another pointless French ATC strike, the third already this year. It is inexplicable that French Air Traffic Control can once again hold European passengers and visitors to ransom. Even passengers who are not flying to/from France are impacted because they overfly French Airspace at a time when French laws protect French domestic flights. The European Commission must step in and to preserve the Free Movement of People by protecting overflights from these needless strikes. Protecting overflights, as done in Italy and Greece is the simplest and most effective solution to avoid unnecessary mass disruption and must be implemented to protect passengers.”
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