Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Airlines to complain to EU over French strikes

AFP

BRUSSELS: Budget carrier Ryanair and British Airways owner IAG said Wednesday they will file a complaint to the EU over what they say is France’s failure to tackle crippling strikes by air traffic controllers.

They say repeated strikes by French controllers, particularly in Marseille, are having a devastating impact on schedules, with more than 750,000 passengers having flights cancelled in the first five months of 2018 alone.

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said passengers were being denied their right to free movement, which is enshrined in EU law.

“Both Ryanair and IAG plan to submit a complaint to the European Commission which will be against the French government because we believe that the French government is not adequately protecting the rights of Europeans to free movement,” Walsh told a news conference in Brussels.

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