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16 Sep 2016

BY Jennifer Morris

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Latest French ATC strike condemned

Lobby group Airlines for Europe has condemned the latest French Air Traffic Control strike.

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Latest ATC strike condemned

Thousands of European passengers saw their travel plans disrupted yesterday with another ATC strike.

 

There have been a total of 11 ATC strikes in France since the beginning of the year.

 

The latest has seen hundreds of flight cancellations, delays and detours.

 

Thomas Reynaert, managing director of A4E, said: “A4E has repeatedly called on the European authorities to take action to prevent these unjustified ATC strikes.

 

“We cannot allow 15,000 air traffic controllers restricting the rights of millions of European travellers.

 

“Although we are not questioning the individual right of workers to take industrial action, the demands of increasingly mobile European

citizens and businesses cannot be taken hostage by localised industrial action.

 

“It is about time to minimise the impact of these strike actions.”

 

The latest ATC strikes in Greece, Italy, Belgium and France since March this year caused more than 4,000 cancellations among A4E members.

Across the EU, ATC strikes occur the most frequently in France, followed by Greece, Italy and Portugal and resulted in 30,000 cancellations between 2010 and 2015, according to A4E

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