Hundreds of flights have been canceled because of the latest French air-traffic control strike. It was started on Monday at 5 PM (according to British timing) and said that it will continue up to Wednesday.
The unions of Air Traffic Controllers have been stopped the work as part of a national strike against President Emmanuel Macron‘s labor reform policies.
Ryanair has canceled over 220 flights, which are affecting about 40,000 passengers. The cancellations are across the Western Europe and affected the UK airports badly. And also have been canceled the dozens of links from Stansted, Luton, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh to France and Spain.
Except this, many more cancellations are expected on Tuesday, including two cities: Spain and Italy.
The airline told, “Unfortunately, further flight delays and cancellations are likely and customers are asked to please monitor this notice which will be updated throughout the day.”
“Ryanair airline sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience caused by these unjustified ATC disruptions which are entirely outside of our control.”
Its competitor, EasyJet, said, “As a large percentage of EasyJet’s flights fly over France, this will have an impact on our flights to and from French airports, as well as those flying over French airspace.”
“The strike is also expected to impact many public services in France, including public transport. We advise all passengers to allow plenty of extra time to get to the airport and consider alternative transport options where possible.”
British Airways departs on its Monday evening from Heathrow along with Marseille, Paris Orlie, and Toulouse as well as Basel.
British Airways said, “Yet again this will, unfortunately, bring another wave of unnecessary disruption for some customers traveling in Europe.” It will be using larger aircraft on some flights to compensate for cancellations.
Airlines are allowing any reason for flying from any French airport or from Madrid and Barcelona on October 9 or 9 of October 9, which can be included to return it and Thursday, 12 October.
Those passengers whose flights are canceled or disrupted and are not entitled to compensation, the airlines are deciding to provide meals and accommodation until they cannot reach their final destination. In any case, if airlines are unable to offer an alternative departure within a reasonable time that is of 2 days, then they must pay for flights on other carriers.