French Air Traffic Control Strike Thousands of Flights Cancelled

Flights across Europe yesterday were badly affected by the French Air Traffic Control strike.

Around 2,000 flights were cancelled – nearly half the daily amount of flights that pass through French control.

Other countries around Europe also suffered because of the European Union Air Traffic Controllers’ strike; worst affected was France. The European Union of Air Traffic members are striking because of their objection to deregulation and cost cutting.

easyJet, Ryanair and BA were affected by the strikes, as were many other airlines with airlines advising their passengers with constant updates online and text messages.

Flights affected include those out of Gatwick, as well as Heathrow, Manchester and Glasgow.

ABTA has criticised the industrial action, reassuring customers that they would be entitled to a refund or replacement flight – passengers must contact their airline for reimbursement.

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