- Strike risk for European holiday makers and football fans.
- More than 150 days of disruption in the last seven years.
- EU and governments must act now to protect European passengers’ rights.
Thousands of European passengers could see their travel plans disrupted again this week by another air traffic control (ATC) strike in France. Tomorrow’s planned industrial action (14 June) is expected to last for 24 hours and will see more than 100 flight cancellations and many delays. It will be the 50th ATC strike in France since 2009.
“We are reaching a pathetic milestone: more than 50 ATC strikes in France over the last seven years which account for more than 150 days of disruption. Understandably, European passengers and airlines are frustrated as these strikes take place at a very busy time of the year. 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.
“It’s not only holidaymakers whose travel plans are in jeopardy, but fans visiting EURO 2016, which is being held in France, are also at risk and face the real prospect of sitting on the tarmac on a delayed flight while holding tickets to see their country playing”, said Reynaert.
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.