French ATC Unions To Strike Again Tomorrow As Targetting Of Football Fans Continues

22 Jun 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 51st French 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 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.

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said:

“These strikes by French ATC workers are becoming a weekly event by now, causing chaos for families wanting to take their summer breaks but also designed to upset the plans of football fans coming from far and wide to France to enjoy the Euros. It is simply unacceptable that this situation is allowed to persist, and we regret that once again we have been forced to cancel a number of flights due to the selfish actions of these workers.

We now urge every disrupted customer, as well as disgruntled families and football fans, to sign up to Ryanair’s petition,, and when we gather one million signatures, we will present this petition to the European Commission to force it to finally take necessary action.”

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