Tens of Spanish flights cancelled due to French air traffic control revolt

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MADDENING: There’s nothing worse than a last-minute flight cancellation.

THE French air traffic control strike brought a mild degree of disruption to Spanish airports on Thursday June 23, with a total of 58 flights between the two countries cancelled, plus a further 32 which would have passed through French airspace.

There are 328 flights between Spain and France, or vice versa, scheduled to go ahead, as air traffic controllers protest at labour reforms for the 10th day in the last three months.

A number of major airlines, including British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet have been affected, with Barcelona’s El Prat airport cancelling 25 flights, Malaga 14, Palma de Mallorca four, and Madrid-Barajas three, among which several were UK-bound.

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So far, easyJet has cancelled 40 flights passing through the UK, and said in a statement: “We would like to inform customers that there will be a French National Strike on Thursday, June 23. This will have an impact on our flights to and from French airports, as well as those flying in French airspace.

“As the strike will affect all French airports we have taken the decision to proactively cancel a number of flights, allowing customers to reorganise their journeys.  We are taking further steps to minimise the impact of the strike on our customers but may see delays during the day.

“Although this situation is outside our control we’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to your travel plans.”

Ryanair called off 56, including 10 services to Luton, Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle.

A statement on the no-frills carrier’s website said: “We regret to advise customers that due to an air traffic control strike in France on June 23, 2016, we have been forced to cancel flights.

“Unfortunately, further flight delays and cancellations are likely and customers are asked to please monitor this notice which will be updated throughout the day. Ryanair sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused by these unjustified ATC disruptions which are entirely outside of our control.”

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