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21-Jun-2018 7:50 AM

'ATC strikes represent the biggest challenge for our industry': IAG CEO

Airlines for Europe (A4E) stated (20-Jun-2018) ATC strikes are "destroying air traffic and economies across Europe", with a 300% year-on-year increase in ATC strikes in France so far in 2018. A4E stated there have already been 24 strike days across Europe in 2018, causing A4E member airlines cancel almost 5000 services and directly impacting around 784,000 passengers. In addition, "millions of travellers have been affected by flight delays", which is seeing 2018 become "one of the worst years ever for ATC strikes in Europe". 30% on total enroute air traffic flow management delays in May-2018 were caused by ATC strikes. A4E chairman and IAG CEO Willie Walsh said: "IAG and Ryanair are planning to submit a complaint to the European Commission as ATC strikes represent the biggest challenge for our industry... They are destroying European air traffic and having a huge impact on consumers". A4E has proposed a mandatory 72 hour individual notification period for employees wishing to strike, protection of overflights while "ensuring it does not come to the detriment of local services", and a guarantee on minimum services to be provided. [more - original PR]

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