- Five more ATC strike days in France within three weeks.
- More than 2,500 cancellations through ATC strikes so far.
- EU and governments must act now to protect European passengers’ rights.
Thousands of European passengers will see their travel plans disrupted again during the next weeks due to an unprecedented wave of air traffic control strikes in France. Tomorrow’s industrial action (26 May) could lead to a summer of discontent. Further strikes are announced for 3 till 5 June and 14 June meaning more cancelled flights, delayed journeys, and detours across Europe. Following similar strikes since March, French air traffic control (ATC) will work on a reduced capacity for at least 24 hours from tomorrow morning. It will be the 48th strike day in France since 2009.
“For the seventh time in the past two months the air traffic controllers in France are infringing people’s rights. The overall impact of these strikes will be immense as they are taking place at a very busy time of the year. We are hurtling towards a summer of disruption and frustration for customers. The European Commission and governments must act immediately to protect the rights of millions of European travellers affected by this repeated and disproportionate industrial action”, said Thomas Reynaert, Managing Director of A4E.
The latest ATC strikes in Greece, Italy, Belgium and France in March, April and May caused over 2,500 cancellations among A4E members and more than one million minutes of delay (more than 16,000 hours) across all airlines operating in European airspace. In 2015 more than 10,000 flights operated by A4E members were affected by 28 days of ATC strikes in Europe causing unjustified disruption to millions of passengers.
Airlines for Europe (A4E) is Europe’s new and largest airline association, based in Brussels. Launched in January 2016, the association consists of Air France KLM, easyJet, Finnair, International Airlines Group (IAG), Jet2.com, Lufthansa Group, Norwegian, Ryanair and Volotea, and plans to grow further. With more than 500 million passengers on board each year, A4E members account for more than half of the continent’s passenger journeys, operating more than 2,300 airplanes and generating EUR 93 billion in annual turnover.