French Air Traffic Control Strike Causes Havoc across Europe

Today French air traffic controllers are taking strike action against modernisation and planned budget cuts. The French Air Traffic Controllers Union, SNCTA, claims planned system changes from 2015-2019 “do not meet the challenges ahead and jeopardize the safety requirements and quality of service guarantees.

However, the opposing side Tony Tyler, CEO of IATA, has indicated “Unions [are] bent on stopping progress and are putting at risk the hard-earned vacations of millions of travelers.”

The resulting strike which may last up to 5 days is causing havoc fror British & Irish airlines with easyJet & Ryanair being worst affected. The business model used by the low fares airlines is unfortunatley not suited to strikes. Not that any business is, but by using planes to travel across multiple jurisdictions, planned cancellations then effect  airports outside of France.  An easyJet flight leaving Luton may arrive in Paris but may an onward flight to Rome. If the initial flight is re-routed or delayed then the entire flight plans for several flights are affected.

So a strike in France results in chaos in many locations.

Ryanair and easyJet have axed more that 55 services while Bristish Airways and Aer Lingus are cancelling services to France & Spain.

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