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French air traffic strike causes cancellations

Scores of cancellations due to air traffic controller strike

Passengers facing delayed at airports

Britons flying to and from France are facing travel disruption due to a 48-hour strike by French air traffic controllers and transport workers.

A Which? spokesperson said: ‘Passengers who suffer delays to their flights could be entitled to drinks, refreshments, meals, free phone calls and overnight accommodation depending on the circumstances.   

‘Your entitlement will depend on how long the delay is, how far you are flying and whether the flight is to or from an EU or non-EU airport or on an EU or non-EU carrier. 

Our advice is always to contact your airline before travelling to the airport to check if your flight has been affected.’

If you’re affected by the strikes, you can find out your rights using our guide to flight delays and cancellations.

Delays to flights that use French airspace

UK and Irish airlines have had to axe scores of flights while others are being disrupted, with the delays and cancellations affecting not only services to and from France but also flights to other parts of Europe.

Ryanair cancelled 250 flights today, with the airports affected including Birmingham, Luton, Leeds Bradford, Stansted, East Midlands and Dublin.

Among the destinations on Ryanair’s cancelled list are Alicante, Malaga and Morocco.

EasyJet has 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.

British Airways was among the other carriers that had to cancel flights, while Flybe axed 16 services including flights to Paris from Manchester, Birmingham and Exeter, as well as some flights from Southampton..

EasyJet said: ‘We can assure our passengers we are doing everything possible to limit the inconvenience of this strike on them.’

BA said: ‘We are doing all we can to minimise disruption to customers. We will be using larger aircraft as well as re-routing some flights to try to help as many customers as possible get to where they need to be.

‘Unfortunately there will be some knock-on delays to other parts of our short-haul network as a result of the strike action, given how much airspace in Europe will be affected. We are sorry for any disruption to customers’ travel plans.’

Meanwhile, passengers heading to Stansted airport by rail today were being delayed after an incident between Bishops Stortford and Stansted Mountfitchet.

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