Monday 27 June 2016 5:53 pm

Ryanair urges European Commission to stop French strikes as it cancels 166 flights

Budget airline Ryanair is urging the EU to take action after the latest airline strike orchestrated by French air traffic control unions.

It comes as the low cost carrier was forced to cancel 166 flights to, from and over France tomorrow. It said that 30,000 Ryanair customers will have their flights cancelled, while over 100,000 others will suffer severe delays.

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It wants the European Commission to require French ATC unions to engage in binding arbitration rather than strikes, while allowing Europe’s other ATCs to operate overflights over France and protect flights over France amid the strikes.

Kenny Jacobs, chief marketing officer at Ryanair, said: "It is time for action by the European Commission following this latest French ATC strike aimed at disrupting as many travel plans as possible."

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He continued: "The frequency of these strikes, right in the middle of holiday season only serves to underline how urgent action is required to help reduce the impact of these strikes."

"After last week's Brexit vote in the UK, the EU Commission must begin to deliver real benefits for consumers, and urgent action to ameliorate the effects of these repeated French ATC strikes and prevent them disrupting the travel plans of millions of citizens."