Thousands of British holidaymakers are at risk of being stranded as around 1,000 flights are canceled due to the strike by French air traffic controllers.
Low-cost airline Ryanair is among the hardest hit, canceling 420 services on Friday, disrupting the travel plans of 80,000 passengers. EasyJet cut 76 flights, British Airways canceled 22, while Air France said it would only operate 45% of its short-haul flights.
Ryanair bosses slammed the French walkout as “inexcusable” and urged officials in Brussels to finally take action against the ongoing industrial action.
With air traffic control operations in the heart of Europe, French unions are able to create maximum disruption across the continent. British travelers are particularly affected as airlines struggle to navigate the country or through narrow channels of French airspace that remain open.
Officials said around 21,000 planes would be operating in European airspace on Friday, a third of normal volumes.
The disruption to British travelers – some of whom may be rushing to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II as she lies in state in London – follows months of unrest at airports as bosses grapple with shortages staff chronicles.
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