Irish flights cancelled in French row
Hundreds of air passengers faced chaos today as nearly 20 flights to and from Irish airports were cancelled due to a strike by French air traffic controllers.
Ryanair was forced to cancel 17 flights in and out of Dublin and Shannon, while Aer Lingus has confirmed it has cancelled two flights to and from Paris.
Ryanair cancelled a total of 250 flights because of the strike, with the airports affected including Birmingham, Luton, Leeds Bradford, Stansted, and East Midlands.
"We sincerely apologise to all customers affected by this unwarranted strike action and we call on the EU and the French authorities to take measures to prevent any further disruption," said a Ryanair statement.
"It is grossly unfair that thousands of travellers will once again have their travel plans disrupted by the selfish actions of a tiny number of French air traffic controllers," it added.
Delays and cancellations affected not only services to and from France but also flights to other parts of Europe.
Among the destinations on Ryanair's cancelled list were Alicante and Malaga in Spain and Marrakech in Morocco.
EasyJet cancelled 118 flights. Most of the axed services involve flights within France, but the scrapped services do include return flights to Paris from Gatwick, Belfast and Luton, as well as a Gatwick-Toulouse return service.
The strike, called for today and tomorrow, centres around action by traffic controllers alligned to France's largest union, the SNCTA, in a dispute over pay and conditions.