Ryanair apologizes after diverting Dublin-Portugal flight to Spain, blaming French air traffic control strike

Ryanair has apologized to passengers after it was forced to divert a scheduled flight from Portugal to Spain over problems it blames on the French air traffic control strike.

An airline spokesman said Friday’s flight from Dublin airport to Faro was diverted to Malaga airport due to issues “completely beyond our control”.

“This flight from Dublin to Faro (September 16) was diverted to Malaga after missing Faro airport curfew due to disruption from the French Air Traffic Control (ATC) strike, which was totally out of our control and affected all airlines, flying to/from/via France on that day,” the statement said.

“To minimize disruption to passengers, Ryanair quickly arranged a coach to transport passengers from Malaga airport to their final destination.

“Ryanair sincerely apologizes to passengers for the inconvenience caused by this unjustified French ATC strike.”

One passenger wrote on social media to express his frustration with the situation. He posted a series of tweets in the early hours of the morning.

He said the bus finally crossed the border into Portugal after 9am this morning.

“I flew to Faro with Ryanair and I’m in Malaga guys you can’t make that up,” he said.

“Morale is low, some people are just realizing we are in Spain.

“We are now on a five hour bus to Portugal and within five minutes we stopped for gas and a pee. I’ll never get out of here. A bus for 157 people, good luck to everyone we left behind

“I arrived at Dublin airport 12 hours ago and now I’m at a petrol station in Malaga at 5.41am, send help.

“We’re doing a bus swap at the border. The new bus driver is here without a bus. I’ll get coffee.”

Ryanair and Aer Lingus are among airlines forced to cancel hundreds of flights after French air traffic controllers began a strike on Friday.

The French aviation authority DGAC asked airlines on Friday to halve their flight schedules to and from France. It also urged passengers to postpone non-essential travel.

The French air traffic control union SNCTA is on strike over salary and hiring issues.

Air France operated only 45 percent of its short- and medium-haul flights on Friday. Ryanair canceled 420 flights, disrupting the travel plans of more than 80,000 passengers.

Several flights to and from French airports and to Malaga in Spain via Cork and Shannon have also been grounded.

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