Air traffic control workers in France are taking part in a strike this week, which was called by the UNSA union regarding working hours and conditions. Airlines across the board have been affected, with Ryanair cancelling as many as 45 flights today alone and an average of one in three flights cancelled around the country.
Air France released a statement at 11.30pm last night (Monday 6th March) saying that the Direction Générale de l'Aviation Civile had advised airlines to reduce their planned flights to the west and the south of the country as well as to Spain, Portugal, Italy and North Africa.
Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs told The Local: “We call on the French Government and European Commission to take immediate action to prevent thousands of European consumers from having their travel plans disrupted by a tiny group of ATC unions going on strike. They cannot stand idly by and allow another summer of disruption and travel misery for European consumers to take place.”
Dozens of flights in and out of Nice’s airport have been cancelled, affecting passengers and airlines from around the world. The predominant cancellations are domestic flights, but it is very much advised to also check the Live Departures and Arrivals section of the Nice Côte d’Azur Aéroport website if you are travelling further afield today or later this week: http://en.nice.aeroport.fr/Passengers/FLIGHT-INFO/Live-flight-information.
Disruption is expected to continue until this coming Friday with more strikes planned for later this month; Air France air hostesses and stewards will be staging a walk-out on from 18th to 20th March.