Irish passengers have been warned to check the status of their flights to France, with a strike in operation from 17.00 hours on Monday, May 21, and all day on May 22 until 05.00 on May 23.
Airlines expect “severe” travel disruption due to a strike by French air traffic controllers and other public sector workers.
French unions, protesting against wage freezes and redundancies, want to mobilise “5.4m civil servants in a day of strikes and demonstrations” – the biggest such demonstration in 10 years.
Ryanair said that “due to yet another French ATC strike, Ryanair regrets to inform customers that it has been forced to cancel a number of flights on Tuesday (22 May). All affected customers have been contacted by email and text message and advised of their options: a full refund, rebooking on to the next available flight or transferring to an alternative flight.
“Due to this unjustified ATC strike action, we also expect delays to flights to/from/over France and we advise customers due to travel on Tuesday to check the status of their flight on the ryanair.com website.”
Ryanair flights from Dublin to Carcassonne, Biarritz and Ibiza have been cancelled for Tuesday, May 22.
Aer Lingus said it is expecting disruption and is advising passengers to check the status of their flight online before travelling to their departure airport. It also said affected passengers will be notified by email or SMS.
Aer Lingus said in a statement: “A French National Strike may impact air traffic services this week. If travelling to France this week please check flight status before departing for the airport. Travel to France on Tue 22 May can be changed to Mon 21, Wed 23, Thu 24, or Fri 25 May, regardless of flight status.”
Trade Association Airlines for Europe, of which Ryanair and Aer Lingus are members, said that “Europe’s largest airlines were forced to pre-emptively cancel more than 800 flights ahead of a planned strike by French air traffic controllers set to begin at 18:00 today [Monday] and last until 05:00 on March 23rd”.
It added: “The French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) requested airlines adjust their flight schedules in France by 30pc, but services flying over French airspace (overflights) will also be affected,” warning: “Heavy delays and further last-minute cancellations are to be expected.
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