ATC disruption set to last all summer

On and off air traffic control strikes in France are set to continue throughout the summer, causing considerably more disruption than in 2017.

Photo: Facebook Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur

Low-cost carrier easyJet, the largest operator by passenger numbers at Nice Airport, has warned passengers of cancellations at short notice.
“We have been advised of possible industrial action by French air traffic control throughout summer 2018. Unfortunately due to the nature of the strike action we may only receive notification of any possible disruption at late notice. We will publish any information regarding specific disruption on our Latest Travel Information Page and on our Flight Tracker.

“Like all airlines, our flights to and from France, as well as those flying in French airspace, could be affected. Also flights that do not operate through France may still be affected as 65 percent of easyJet flights operate through French air space,” easyJet said.

Meanwhile, Ryanair has reported that it cancelled more than 1,100 flights in June due to air traffic control strikes and staff shortages among air traffic controllers. The airline cancelled only 41 flights in June last year.

Ryanair has again appealed for intervention by the European Commission: “Ryanair calls for urgent action by the EU Commission and European governments to ameliorate the effect of ATC strikes and staff shortages in the UK, Germany and France from disrupting the travel plans of millions of Europe’s consumers this summer.”