Flight disruption expected due to strike action in France

Ryanair flights between Dublin and Nantes have been cancelled today

Flight disruption expected due to strike action in France

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Some disruption to flights is expected today and over the rest of the week as a result of strike action by French air traffic controllers.

The action has already led to two Irish flights being cancelled. Scheduled Ryanair flights between Dublin and Nantes will not go ahead today.

Services flying through French air space may also be affected, and passengers are being advised to check their flight status before heading to the airport.

The industrial action in France is due to continue until Friday evening.

According to TheLocal, air traffic controllers in Brest, Bordeaux and Aix-en-Provence are taking part in this week's action over a dispute concerning working hours and conditions.

The Airlines for Europe group has warned the action could result in more than 1,000 flight cancellations across Europe as well as severe delays.

Thomas Reynaert, Managing Director of the group, said: “We cannot allow a small group of Europe’s 15,000 air traffic controllers restricting the rights of millions of European travellers. Following our Call for Action last year we have seen a positive reaction by some unions.

"It is now the right moment to build on that and minimise the impact of strike actions without questioning the individual right of workers to take industrial action."