French air strike disrupts dozens of flights

The six day French air strike began yesterday, forcing many European airlines to cancel dozens of flights which all had plans of crossing French airspace.

The strike, which was sparked in protest against budget cuts, is expected to cause ‘830,000 minutes, or almost 14,000 hours, of delays.’

Some of the airlines that will be affected in the strike will be, British Airways, Ryanair, Easyjet and Flybe. Whilst the airlines are doing everything they can to keep travel chaos to a minimum, their control is limited, and cancellations will be out of their control. The next few days will however, be the ultimate test for the airlines communication skills.

A spokesperson for Easy Jet has released the following statement;

“EasyJet has been advised by the French DGAC of potential industrial action by employees of the Air Traffic Control in France this week. EasyJet is disappointed at this unnecessary strike action which has the potential to cause considerable disruption and cancellations for passengers and airlines across Europe.

Despite the fact that this disruption is beyond EasyJet’s control we will do everything possible to minimise the inconvenience to our customers. We will pro-actively provide advice for our passengers through our website, text messages and flight tracker tool.”

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