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Irish Euro fans face travel chaos after airlines cancel French flights

Aer Lingus and Ryanair flights have been affected.

Image: Brian Lawless

EURO 2016 FANS might find their travel plans scuppered today due to a 24-hour air traffic control strike in France.

It’s the fiftieth such strike to hit passengers since 2009.

In a statement on its website, Ryanair said that it has been forced to cancel a number of flights due to the strike.

It said that customers will be updated on their flight status via email or mobile phone.

Unfortunately, further flight delays and cancellations are likely and customers are asked to please monitor this notice which will be updated throughout the day. Ryanair sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused by these unjustified ATC disruptions which are entirely outside of our control.

Today’s planned industrial action is expected to last for 24 hours and will see more than 100 flight cancellations and many delays, according to the association Airlines for Europe (A4E).

Aer Lingus also outlined the flights that it has had to cancel.

“We apologise sincerely for the inconvenience caused which is due to matters beyond our control,” it said in a statement, noting that passengers who have bookings on the cancelled flights may change for free online or request a full refund.

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“Understandably, European passengers and airlines are frustrated as these strikes take place at a very busy time of the year. The European Commission and governments must act immediately to protect the rights of millions of European travellers affected by this repeated and disproportionate industrial action”, said Thomas Reynaert, Managing Director of A4E.

He said that fans visiting EURO 2016 “are also at risk and face the real prospect of sitting on the tarmac on a delayed flight while holding tickets to see their country playing”.

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