More than 20,000 Ryanair passengers have experienced their flights on Tuesday cancelled as a result of strike by French air-traffic controllers. A number of other vacationers could be impacted by the experience by people from the USAC-CGT union.
They are stopping work included in a nationwide walk-out which constitutes the very first major challenge to President Macron’s sweeping work reforms. The union states the suggested law “promises to become harmful for workers as well as their representatives”.
Passengers wishing to fly from Ryanair’s primary United kingdom base, Stansted, to Barcelona, Bergerac, Blagnac, Bordeaux Limoges, Madrid, Marseille, Palma and Perpignan, or around the return legs, are now looking for seats on alternative flights.
Other casualties from the strike are Luton-Nimes, Manchester-Ibiza, Leeds/Bradford-Palma and East Midlands-Barcelona.
Ryanair warns “further waiting times and cancellations are likely”. Its marketing director, Kenny Jacobs, stated: “Enough is sufficient. When the French Government is seriously interested in altering France, they ought to begin by tackling these air traffic control unions, and along with the European Commission, should act right away to avoid a large number of European consumers from getting their departure date disrupted with a small number of ATC unions happening strike once more.
“They cannot stand idly by as increasing numbers of disruption and travel misery is inflicted upon Europe’s consumers and airlines.”
British Airways has cancelled a minimum of twelve flights because of air-traffic control limitations over France: four services linking London with Barcelona with Nice happen to be grounded, together with round-journeys from Heathrow to Marseille and Lyon.
The air travel states: “Other short-haul flights might also experience some disruption, given the number of flights from numerous European airlines would normally use French airspace every day.Inches
BA is providing passengers flying on any French route, in addition to Barcelona, a choice of shifting the flight to Wednesday or Thursday. It says: “We is going to be using bigger aircraft, where possible, to assist affected customers and therefore are doing all we are able to to lessen the amount of disruption.”
Its rival, easyJet, states: “Like all airlines, our flights back and forth from French airports, in addition to individuals flying in French airspace, might be affected.
“We do everything easy to minimise the outcome from the strike on the customers, so we propose that you allow enough additional time to get at the airport terminal and think about alternative transport options where possible, as trains and buses services may have the strike.”
The Foreign Office is warning of “disruption and delays to move services, including rail systems and a few maritime ports”.
Motorists travelling through Calais or Dunkirk ports or even the Funnel Tunnel are advised to “allow additional time for the journey”