2 MAY 2016
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A petition organised by Ryanair urging the EU to step in to stop further industrial action by French air traffic controllers is nearing its million-signature target after another strike last week disrupted services for the third time in a month.
Passengers were being advised to check with their airlines before leaving home as the new walk-out, the 44th in seven years, was signalled.
Ryanair said it was forced to cancel more than 100 flights. BA and easyJet said they had had to take similar action, though without specifying how many flights were involved.
BA said that in addition to cancelling some services to and from France, other short-haul flights using French air space could be disrupted.
The carrier was using larger aircraft where possible to help affected customers and also brought in a more flexible rebooking policy.
Ryanair has launched its “Keep Europe’s Skies Open” petition in the face of the strikes. It is urging all affected customers to sign and plans to present it to the European Commission once it reaches the 1m signature target.
The airline said: “This unjustified strike action demonstrates how a tiny French union can once more hold Europe’s skies to ransom. How long before the commission finally takes action?” www.ryanair.com
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Patrick Murphy, Ireland/Dublin
This has to be stopped. Totally unjustified