French ATC strike Tuesday June 28, cancellations from Dublin

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  • Marseilles EI514@05:50 
  • Madrid FR7256@06:15
  • Barcelona EI562@06:30 
  • Carcassone FR1984@07:20
  • Biarritz FR1982@09:30 
  • Nice EI544@10:50
  • Perpignan EI510@12:10
  • Rodez FR9864@14:10
  • Nantes FR1986@18:45
  • Nice FR1958@17:20 
  • Madrid EI594@17:25
  • Bordeaux EI508@18:50
  • (inbounds also cancelled)

Further French air traffic control strikes are planned for Thursday and Friday after another round of cancellations due to strike action on Tuesday June 28.Ryanair which cancelled 166 flights on tomorrow Tuesday said this was the 52nd French strike since 2009, and 12th in the past 13 weeks,.Ryanair called upon the EU Commission to

  • require French ATC unions to engage in binding arbitration instead of strikes to resolve their claims, or
  • allow Europe’s other ATCs to operate overflights over France while ATC unions are on strike
  • require that flights over France are protected while ATC unions are on strike

SNCTA has handed in strike notice for on Thursday, July 2 and on Friday, July 3, 2015. SNTCA asked for more resources for the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC), increased charges for overflying French airspace, better starting rates for air traffic controllers, and improvemetns to wage practices and conditions.

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Accounting for 40pc of the profession, the SNCTA is the biggest of three air-traffic control trade unions. The smaller unions which have struck in the past have had more impact at Orly airport and the regions.

The last strike which it organised on April 8th and 09th, 2015caused the cancellation from 40pc of the flights in France, and @20m in lost revenue for airlines, according to the National Federation of the Commercial Aviation (FNAM).

Ryanair has launched a petition to petition to the European Commission when it has reached 1m signatures, http://www.KeepEuropesSkiesOpen.com. Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said:

“It is surely time for action by the European Commission following this clear escalation by French ATC workers aimed at disrupting as many travel plans as possible. The frequency of these strikes, right in the middle of the holiday season and aimed at disrupting the footballing spectacle currently on show across France, only serves to underline how urgent action is required to help reduce the impact of these strikes. It is beyond belief at this stage that these workers can throw the travel plans of thousands of families and football fans into chaos, 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 http://www.KeepEuropesSkiesOpen.com.

This latest strike, which throws an ever increasing number of travel plans into chaos and shows scant regard for European travelers, is once again being targeted to upset the schedules of football fans looking to attend the European Championships, and comes smack bang in the middle of the summer holiday season as schools close and families look forward to taking a well-deserved break.

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