Ryanair and Aer Lingus are among airlines forced to cancel hundreds of flights after French air traffic controllers announced they would go on strike on Friday.
At least 16 flights are being canceled at Ublin Airport and passengers are being told to check with their airline.
Several flights to and from French airports and to Malaga in Spain via Cork and Shannon have also been grounded.
The industrial action will ban hundreds of thousands of passengers across Europe. Airlines flying to and from France will be affected, as will those using French airspace.
Ryanair is canceling 420 flights, impacting the travel plans of more than 80,000 passengers.
The French aviation authority DGAC has asked airlines to halve their flight schedules to and from France from Friday. It has also urged passengers to postpone non-essential travel.
The French air traffic control union SNCTA is on strike over salary and hiring issues.
Ryanair, Europe’s largest airline by passenger numbers, said it will be mainly affected by the restrictions on flights over France.
In the high season, it operates up to 3,000 flights across Europe every day.
“It is time for the EU to step in and protect overflights so European passengers are not repeatedly held for ransom by a tiny French ATC union,” Ryanair operations director Neal McMahon said in a statement. Other air traffic control centers should be allowed to manage overflights over France during strikes, he added.
Due to the strikes in France, several return flights were canceled at Dublin Airport.
Flights not departing from Dublin this morning include Air France at 8.50am to Paris Charles De Gaulle AF1617; the 9.45 Aer Lingus to Paris Charles De Gaulle EI524; the 10.10 Ryanair to Lourdes FR5079; and the 10.50 Ryanair to Reus FR1116.
Flights arriving in Dublin this morning include the 14.05 from Paris Charles De Gaulle EI525; and the return of Ryanair at 2:45 p.m. from Lourdes.
Aer Lingus has canceled the following flights to and from Dublin Airport: EI3401, EI524, EI525, EI552, EI553, EI538, EI539, EI544, EI545, EI506, EI507, EI528, EI529.
Ryanair has canceled a number of flights including FR5078, FR5079, FR2994, FR1115, FR1116, FR7085, FR1992, FR1993, FR437, FR438, FR7032, FR7033, FR026, FR029, FR1958, FR1959, FR7094, FR7095, FR2993 and FR70803.
Transavia France canceled the following flights, TO7900, TO7901, TO7908 and TO7909, and Air France canceled only three flights, AF1616, AF1617 and AF1016.
Passengers are advised to check with their airline before proceeding to the airport.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Eoghan Corry, editor of Air and Travel magazine, said the strike has had a “huge impact” and all passengers are entitled to a rebooking or a refund.
“It’s a bigger strike than we’re used to, we had two strikes in May by one of the smaller unions and about 1,000 flights are lost,” he said.
“It is an indication of the restructuring of the industry that the airline hardest hit by a French air traffic control strike for the first time ever is Ryanair, even more so than Air France.
“Ryanair has lost 420 and Air France has lost 400 and Dublin, Shannon and Cork are all affected, around 25 rotations off the island of Ireland are canceled today, that’s departures and arrivals.
“From Shannon there is only one loss and it is a flight to Malaga, from Cork, Malaga, Carcassonne and Reus Salou are gone and all are Ryanair.”
Air France has announced that it will only operate 45 percent of its short- and medium-haul flights on Friday.
SNCTA cited inflation and their demands to hire more people as reasons for the strike.
Eurocontrol, the Brussels-based agency that manages European airspace, has warned the disruption caused by the strike is expected to be “significant”.
She has urged air traffic control centers in other countries to manage the extra demand for planes through their airspace to mitigate the disruption.
It has also established alternative routing scenarios via Switzerland and the Canary Islands.
Some Aer Lingus Heathrow flights Monday from Dublin and Belfast will also not operate as London airport closes to reduce noise during Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/ryanair-and-aer-lingus-flights-from-dublin-airport-cancelled-as-french-air-traffic-controllers-go-on-strike-today-41992772.html Ryanair and Aer Lingus flights from Dublin airport have been canceled as French air traffic controllers go on strike today