Ryanair has been forced to cancel over 100 fights
More than 100 Irish fights have been cancelled as French air traffic controllers join a national public sector strike.
Airlines have been asked to cut their flights to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Beauvais airports on the 15th of September.
The strike affects all flights in and out of France as well as flights that travel through French air space.
Ryanair and Aer Lingus have announced a number of flight cancellations from Irish airports today. They have warned passengers to expect delays.
⚠️ Flight cancellations and delays due to French Public Services Strike, Thursday 15 September. More info: https://t.co/9ULIPEUCMr— Aer Lingus (@AerLingus) September 14, 2016
Ryanair said that they have been forced to cancel 22 flights for Wednesday night and a further 72 for Thursday.
Robin Kiely, Ryanair’s head of communications, condemned the strike:
"It's reprehensible that Europe’s consumers repeatedly have their holiday and travel plans disrupted or cancelled by the selfish actions of ATC unions, who use strikes as a first weapon rather than a last resort.
"This French ATC strike will impact hundreds of thousands of European consumers and throw their travel plans into chaos once more.
"It’s high time that the European Commission takes action to prevent these repeated ATC strikes from continuously disrupting the travel plans of millions of Europe’s citizens and their families."
Due to another French ATC strike we've been forced to cancel a number of flights today & tomorrow. More info here: https://t.co/dkoVSyBygh— Ryanair (@Ryanair) September 14, 2016
Air Lingus and Ryanair have advised passengers to seek further information from their airlines on the status of their flights.
Thursday's strike is the 14th by air traffic controllers since the start of 2016. Public sector unions in France have issued a strike call in a bid to renew protests against a controversial labour law that was forced through parliament in July, without a vote.