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

Ryanair has cancelled 26 flights, while Aer Lingus has warned all customers to expect delays.

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DUE TO BE flying today? Might want to double-check the details with your airline.

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled or delayed today as air traffic controllers in France begin a six day strike – the fourth time they have taken industrial action in the last 12 months.

Ryanair has cancelled 26 flights today, and warned all customers to expect delays and possible further cancellations with the strike likely to affect flights flying over France too.

Aer Lingus says it still plans to operate a full schedule of French flights,  but has also warned customers to expect delays.

Almost two-thirds of France’s 4,000 air traffic controllers voted in favour of the strike in a ballot last week in protest at planned cuts due to begin next year.

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The union representing the air traffic controllers say the cuts will threaten an efficient air navigation service in Europe.

Ryanair has strongly criticised the air traffic controllers for protesting about their work conditions, describing it as ‘blackmail’.

“Ordinary people who work hard all year to take a well-earned holiday have had their travel plans disrupted through no fault of theirs, or of Ryanair’s,  because of the selfish actions of so few,” said Kenny Jacobs, the chief marketing officer at Ryanair.

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