Airline passengers trying to get to destinations within France face delays, disruption and cancellations as French air traffic control walks out on strike today. The controllers will join fellow public service workers to show their disapproval of President Sarkozy’s plans to push up the age of retirement. The closure of French airspace has resulted in the cancellation of more than 400 flights in and out of Britain.
Budget carrier Ryanair says it has been forced to cancel more than 200 flights which has infuriated boss, Michael O’Leary. He said it was because European governments, like the one in France, were unable to keep control of their own air traffic services that passengers and airlines were essentially being held to ransom by strikes.
British Airways has warned that it may have to cancel a number of services and has advised customers to call the airline before heading out to catch a flight. The flag carrier added that it would be redirecting flights and providing larger aircraft in order to accommodate as many passengers as possible.
A similar warning to passengers has been issued by easyJet. It says some services will certainly be affected and told passengers to find out what was happening with their flight before coming to the airport.
Eurostar has brought in British and Belgian drivers so that it will be able to run services as scheduled. It warned that there may however be some disruption at Gare du Nord in Paris. P&O said it will be running ferry services across the channel as usual.