French air traffic controllers strike: delays and cancellations

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The air traffic controllers strike in France is expected to disrupt flight schedules across Europe and the rest of the world. Lufthansa and Ryanair, among others, have cancelled flights on several routes, so passengers should expect severe delays.

Paris/Hamburg - Due to a strike by French air traffic controllers, many flights have already been cancelled and delayed, and many more are expected to follow. Flights to and from the major French cities will be affected primarily. In addition, passengers should expect heavy delays on many other airports.

Even travellers who are travelling to Portugal or Spain will be affected by the strike: "The restrictions in the airspace will cause delays for many travellers - not only in France," said a Lufthansa spokesperson.

The airline recommends passengers to check with the airport and airline before starting their journey. Passengers who have left contact information with the airline should be informed via SMS or e-mail of any disruption.

The air traffic controllers one-day action is part of a nationwide trade union protest against the tax and financial policies of French President François Hollande. The socialist president intends to give entrepreneurs a billion euros in relief on social security, in order to create more jobs. Additionally, major state cutbacks have been announced, saving around 50 billion euros in the next few years.

Written by: Team