French air traffic control strike causes weekend flight cancellations

Fewer than 2% of Ryanair flights were hit by cabin crew strikes over the weekend, the carrier claimed. 

The budget giant suffered “only very minor disruption” to its schedules over the weekend, attributed mainly to two days of industrial action at the French air traffic control centre in Marseille.

The ATC dispute. combined with thunderstorms across southern Europe, “regrettably resulted in a number of flight cancellations from Spain, Italy, UK and France that would normally transit through French airspace”. 

The airline added: “Less than 2% of Ryanair’s 9,000 flights operating this weekend have been affected by minor and poorly supported crew strikes.”

Some cabin crew took strike action in Belgium, Spain and Portugal in protest over pay and working conditions.

“Any passengers whose flights were disrupted by any ATC delays, strikes or weather disruption have been notified by email/SMS,” Ryanair said.

The update followed the airline reporting “minimal disruption” on Friday from cabin crew strikes. 

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