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Ryanair cancels nearly 400 flights due to air traffic controllers’ strike in France

Date: April 12, 2024 Time: 18:58:25

The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair reported that it has canceled some 400 flights in Europe on Tuesday as a result of the 36-hour strike started on Monday by air traffic controllers in France. Its delegate, Michael O’Leary, assured today that “the vast majority” of the cancellations affect routes whose final destination is not France, but advisors to those who “fly over” that country.

“We respect the right to strike of French air traffic controllers, but if they go on strike, the flights that will be canceled are domestic or local flights in France,” the manager said in a video message posted on the airline’s Twitter account. .

O’Leary indicated that travelers in France have “other alternatives”, such as high-speed rail or road, and insisted that Ryanair is “unnecessarily canceling” flights because the European Commission (EC) will not take action.

He also recalled today that the airline already sent the EC a petition signed by 1.1 million users last week in which it demands that the Community Executive protect the skies so that planes can fly over the countries where these strikes are taking place, especially France.

Up to 58 days of stops in the EU

According to Ryanair, Europe’s leader in the low-cost airline sector, there have been 58 days of driver stoppages during the past five months, eleven times more than in 2022, which has forced airlines to cancel “miles of flights “which must fly over the EU from Spain, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Meanwhile, he denounced that French legislation allows minimum services to protect domestic and short-distance flights. “This is unfair. France (and all the other Member States) must use these minimum service laws to protect the traffic that flies over (their territory) during controller strikes, as they do in Greece, Italy and Spain,” he declared today in a statement from the Irish airline.

Ryanair stressed that the EC should adopt “urgent measures” and “insist” that all community countries provide the same solutions. “It is totally unacceptable that EC President Ursula von der Leyen is ignoring the 1.1 million passengers, who are sick and tired of having their flights canceled at short notice due to repeated controller strikes,” I conclude the source.

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Puck Henry
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