easyjet, Ryanair, BA: September travel chaos as strikes set to disrupt Europe flights

French air traffic control staff are set to strike again next week. On Friday, industrial action grounded more than 1,000 flights.

Ryanair, easyJet and British Airways flights were all impacted by the strikes with hundreds of flights cancelled.

‘Overflights’, flights that don’t land or take off in France but travel in French airspace, were also cancelled.

The next strike will go ahead on September 28, 29 and 30 but could be called off if the union reaches an agreement with the French aviation authority, the DGAC.

DGAC’s managing director said: “Discussions and contact were never stopped and are continuing.”

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French air traffic control staff are striking over pay and working conditions and have called for wage increases.

The union has also called for more recruitment and claimed that one third of the workforce were due to retire by 2035.

Ryanair cancelled 420 flights last week, a move that affected 80,000 passengers travelling in Europe.

One passenger’s plane was even diverted to a new destination after it missed its landing time.


British travellers are also facing chaos on the railways next week as some staff take part in industrial action next weekend.

Train drivers at 12 companies represented by the Aslef union are set to strike on October 1 and October 5.

Travel on Avanti West coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Northern Trains, Southeastern, TransPennine Express and West Midlands trains could be affected.

The RMT union has also announced a strike for October 1 after strikes planned for September were cancelled following the Queen’s death.

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