Further cancellations and delays likely on flights to and from Greece

Ryanair says after a summer of discontent, Europe’s consumers are now having their  travel plans disrupted or cancelled by the selfish actions of ATC unions, who use strikes as a first weapon rather than a last resort

Further cancellations and delays on Ryanair flights to Greece are likely today (Monday, 10 October) as a result of the 48-hour Greek ATC (Air Traffic Controllers) union strike.
The airline, which operates flights from Edinburgh Airport to Athens, was forced to cancel four flights on Saturday evening (8 October) and all flights (106 in total) to and from Greece on Sunday (9 October) and says further cancellations are possible today, with delays likely.
It had previously called on the European Commission and Greek Government on Friday (7 Octiber) to take action to prevent the skies over Greece being closed at the weekend.
Ryanair and other EU airlines say they have repeatedly called upon the Commission to introduce simple measures, which would alleviate the impact of these frequent ATC strikes on Europe’s citizens as follows:
    1 – require ATC unions to engage in binding arbitration instead of strikes
    2 – allow Europe’s other ATCs to operate overflights while unions strike
    3 – protect overflights (under minimum service obligations) during ATC strikes

4 – allow airlines to recover their EU 261 expenses from striking ATC providers

Ryanair says it has apologised to all customers disrupted by the strikes – all of whom have been contacted by email and SMS text message and advised of their options of a full refund, rebooking on to the next available flight, or rebooking onto an alternative route.
Ryanair advised all customers travelling to and from Greece at the weekend to check the status of their flight on the Ryanair.com website before travelling to the airport.
Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: “After a summer of discontent, Europe’s consumers are now having their autumn holiday and travel plans disrupted or cancelled by the selfish actions of ATC unions, who use strikes as a first weapon rather than a last resort.
“This 48-hour Greek ATC strike will impact hundreds of thousands of European consumers and throw their travel plans into chaos once more. It’s high time the European Commission took action to prevent these repeated ATC strikes from continuously disrupting the travel plans of millions of Europe’s citizens and their families.”
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