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Air traffic control strike disrupts European flights

British passengers are being disrupted by an air traffic controllers’ strike in France that has led to flight cancellations.

The first day of the industrial action, in a protest against budget cuts, has seen delays at major airports.

Services operated by British Airways, Ryanair, Easyjet and Flybe were among those affected.

Air traffic management firm Eurocontrol said there would be 14,000 hours of delays during the six-day strike.

Ryanair said it had been forced to cancel a total of 96 flights on Tuesday, including some services to and from London Stansted, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Dublin and Bristol airports.


Paul Clifton, BBC South transport correspondent, said a similar walkout last year led to the cancellation of about 1,800 flights a day across Europe, including many services to and from the UK.

There were due to be 350 direct flights between the UK and France during the period of the strike, he added.

Passengers due to fly have been urged to check the status of their flight with their airlines.

A Ryanair spokeswoman said the disruptions were “more severe than predicted” with delays of up to four hours on flights operating to, from and over France.

Source: BBC News

Category: World News |

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