Air traffic control strike causing flight cancellations in UK

Air traffic control strike causing flight cancellations in UK

TORONTO — A strike by French air traffic control workers is wreaking havoc for travellers flying in and out of UK airports.

According to Daily Mail Online, hundreds of passengers flying with easyJet and British Airways are facing flight cancellations until Tuesday due to industrial action carried out by French traffic control employees. Passengers travelling from Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton Airport to French destinations are likely to experience delays and cancellations.

Officials at Gatwick said delays were averaging 50 minutes and have advised travellers to check their flight statuses.

Meanwhile, easyJet has confirmed that 82 flights were cancelled yesterday as a result of the strikes, including 32 scheduled to take off or land at British airports.

British Airways did not disclose how many flights would be affected but said it was doing “all we can to minimize disruption to customers affected.” A spokeswoman for the airline said that larger aircraft were now being used and that some flights were being rerouted.

According to NewsTalk.com, Ryanair is urging the French government to intervene in the strike action, saying that “thousands of passengers are being held to ransom by tiny numbers of French workers.” Ryanair has cancelled 16 flights to and from Dublin.