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.
16 flights are being canceled at Ublin Airport and passengers are being asked to check with their airline.
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.
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.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/ryanair-and-aer-lingus-flights-from-dublin-airport-cancelled-today-as-french-air-traffic-controllers-go-on-strike-41992772.html Ryanair and Aer Lingus flights from Dublin airport have been canceled today as French air traffic controllers go on strike