Ryanair has issued a warning for British travellers after it was forced to cancel flights due to a strike by air traffic control workers in France.
In a statement, it said: “Due to the French air traffic control strike on Monday, November 20, we have been forced to cancel a number of flights mainly overflying France.
“Affected passengers have been notified of their options to change flights or receive a full refund.”
The airline added that it was calling on the EU Commission to take urgent action to protect overflights during air traffic control strikes.
It said: “So far in 2023, there has been 65 days of ATC strikes (over 13 times more than in 2022) forcing airlines to cancel thousands of EU overflights from Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, and the UK, while France in particular uses Minimum Service Laws to protect French flights. This is unfair.”
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The airline has also called on passengers to sign its petition campaigning for overflights to be protected during strikes.
The petition has gained over two million signatures so far. The airline added that it “sincerely apologised” for any inconvenience caused by the strikes but said they were beyond its control.”
Air traffic control workers in France are striking over new laws which require them to inform their bosses that they’re striking at least 48 hours in advance.
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The law has been designed to minimise disruption during future strikes as it would give business owners more time to prepare.
Ryanair also issued a flight warning for passengers travelling to a popular Spanish holiday destination.
It said there could be “potential disruption” for passengers flying to and from Valencia on November 20.
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The airline said: “Affected passengers will be notified and any passengers travelling to/from Valencia on Monday November 20 should check their Ryanair app for flight updates before travelling to the airport.
“We regret any inconvenience caused to passengers as a result of this fog which is outside of Ryanair’s control and affects all airlines operating to/from Valencia on Mon November 20.”
Passengers should check the Ryanair app for flight updates and contact the airline if they’re concerned about their flight.
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