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