Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Four European airlines say French air traffic controllers' strikes break EU laws

Four European airlines are claiming France is breaking EU law because strike by its air traffic controllers are restricting freedom of movement.

Ryanair, Easyjet, Wizz Air and IAG, the owner of BA and Iberia, are submitting their complaint to the EU Commission.

French air traffic controllers have staged a series of strikes this year over the government's economic reforms.

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said: "The right to strike needs to be balanced against freedom of movement."

"Passengers on routes that overfly France, especially the large airspace that covers Marseille and the Mediterranean, are also subject to delays and massive disruptions,"
The airlines argue France is breaking EU law by not allowing flights over the country during strikes, meaning passengers flying between member states not affected by the action are being denied their freedom to travel.

BBC      News.

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