Strike to cause major disruption of flights


PASSENGERS TRAVELLING to, from or over France may face delays and cancellations today, as air traffic controllers join the ninth day of action by French trade unions.

Half of flights at Paris Orly airport and some 30 per cent at other airports, including Paris Charles de Gaulle, are likely to be cancelled, with short-haul flights worst affected.

With the strikes also affecting flights through French airspace, Ryanair published on its website a list of more than 200 cancelled flights to or from France, and a number of other countries, including Spain, Germany, Belgium, Italy and The Netherlands. Flights to and from Dublin, Shannon and City of Derry airports are among those disrupted. Aer Lingus said one flight from Dublin to Paris and one in the opposite direction would be cancelled today, but extra capacity was being added to other services on that route. Two Air France flights in both directions on the Dublin-Paris route have also been cancelled.