23-Sep-2010 9:44 AM

Air traffic controllers join general strike in France

France's Civil Aviation Authority stated French air traffic would be disrupted from 22-Sep-2010 to 24-Sep-2010 due to a planned general strike over pension reform (Bloomberg, 22-Sep-2010). The authority requested airlines to reduce flights to/from Paris Orly Airport by 50% and those at Paris-Charles de Gaulle by 40%. Flights to/from other French airports will also be reduced by 40%. A number of European services have been cancelled  as a result of the strike action. Tens of thousands of passengers are expected to be affected (The Telegraph, 22-Sep-2010). Ryanair was forced to cancel more than 200 flights and strongly criticised the ATC suppliers for strike action over summer 2010, with approximately 20 British Airways services affected. [more - London Luton Airport] [more - Bratislava Airport] [more - Belfast International Airport] [more - Ryanair] [more - Ireland West Knock Airport]

Ryanair: "The European Commission and Parliament keep banging on about passenger rights during flight delays, when in reality most of this summer's flight delays have been caused by European governments' abject failure to manage their air traffic services, with the result that Europe's airlines and passengers are blackmailed by controllers' strikes, go slows and the feeble management which runs Europe's national air traffic control monopolies," Michael O'Leary, CEO. Source: Telegraph, 22-Sep-2010.

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