Flight Cancellations Continue Amid Second Day of French Air Traffic Strike
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For the second consecutive day, air travel across France and in parts of Europe has been disrupted by an ongoing air traffic controller strike organized by the SNCTA union.
According to FlightAware.com, Ryanair, Air France and EasyJet are the carriers that have so far felt the heaviest impact on Thursday, combining to cancel more than 580 flights as of 10 a.m. ET (3 p.m. local time).
The same three airlines combined to cancel 621 total flights on Wednesday.
Much like on Wednesday, France's top airports are experiencing widespread cancellations after the DGAC civil aviation authority recommended airlines scrap as much as half of their scheduled flights (roughly 2,000 altogether), according to Eurocontrol on Twitter:
French strike: DSNA have confirmed they are asking airlines to cancel 50% of flights tomorrow— EUROCONTROL (@eurocontrol) April 8, 2015
Nearly 260 flights have been scrapped at Charles de Gaulle, and another 200-plus canceled at Paris Orly. Operations at Nice Cote d'Azur, Toulouse-Blagnac, Lyon, Marseille Provence and other French airports have also been significantly hindered.
But cancelations haven't been limited to France, with airports in Barcelona and London having canceled dozens of flights for Thursday as a result of the strike.
As reported earlier this week, the air traffic controllers are striking in protest of both working and retirement conditions, including the decision to raise the retirement age from 67 to 69.
With disruption not expected to clear up until Friday, heavily impacted carriers including Ryanair and EasyJet have reached out to customers in an effort to reduce headaches:
Good morning, for those impacted due to the Air Traffic Control Strike. Please see http://t.co/Deq8gFgvEB— Ryanair (@Ryanair) April 9, 2015
Possible disruption due to strikes in France on 8/9 April. Check the link [http://t.co/uStAkr4Y1p] if you’re flying with us for latest info.— easyJet (@easyJet) April 9, 2015
Air travelers should be warned that SNCTA has additional strikes planned later this month, including one scheduled for April 16-18.
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