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Dublin: 12 °C Monday 22 December, 2014

France strike wreaks havoc on airline schedules as flights delayed for up to 5 hours

Ryanair has cancelled about 240 flights today.

Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

HOLIDAYMAKERS HAVE BEEN advised to check their airline’s website before travelling to airports this morning to ensure their flights have not been impacted by the air traffic controllers’ strike in France and Belgium.

Aer Lingus has said it plans to operate a full schedule of flights but that delays are expected today.

The company said the most likely routes to be affected are to and from Benelux, the Iberian Peninsula and the south of France. However, passengers to other destinations could also see delays, it said.

In its statement this morning, Ryanair noted that the strikes are “continuing to cause severe disruptions for our customers”.

Delays of up to five hours are being experienced for those flying into and out of France.

“We expect that these delays will continue to build through the morning as the backlog of delayed flights rises,” the airline continued, adding that it had cancelled about 15% of flights (240) as a result. About 24 of these were due to fly in or out of Ireland.

“We expect these disruptions to flights to/from France, Belgium and Spain will worsen this morning as all airlines schedules are heavily disrupted by this unnecessary and regrettable French ATC strike.”

Customers affected will be offered a choice of rebooking on a later flight or a full refund.

This is the second day in a row that Irish passengers will be affected by the French and Belgian ATC strike with Ryanair estimating about 4,000 people were impacted yesterday.

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Flying today? Check the details: lots of flights in France cancelled and delayed due to strike

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