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Ryanair cancels 110 flights, calls Europe to stop unions

Staff Writer | September 12, 2017
Ryanair has been forced to cancel 110 flights to, from and over France as French ATC unions strike once again.
Air travel   French ATC unions strike once again
Unions are striking as part of a nationwide walk-out in response to French President Macron's labour reforms.

Ryanair has called on the Macron Government and European Commission to take immediate action to prevent the disruptions by French ATC unions.

Ryanair advised customers due to travel on Tuesday to check the status of their flight on the website before travelling to the airport, and urged all its customers to sign the A4E “Keep Europe’s Skies Open” petition, which will be presented to the European Commission when it accrues a million signatures.

Further cancellations are possible and delays likely, it said, while advising customers to check their flight status before travelling to the airport.

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said: "President Macron’s Government has announced a major transformation of French labour laws – but it appears nothing changes when it comes to ATC disruption and unions holding Europe to ransom.

"2016 was a record year for ATC strikes and French Air Traffic Control unions have announced further strike action this week. As a result, we regret we’ve been forced to cancel 110 flights on Tuesday, 12th September.

"Enough is enough. If the French Government is serious about changing France, they should start by tackling these Air Traffic Control unions, and together with the European Commission, should take immediate action to prevent thousands of European consumers from having their travel plans disrupted by a tiny group of ATC unions going on strike once again.

"They cannot stand idly by as more disruption and travel misery is inflicted upon Europe’s consumers and airlines."