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French air traffic control strikes again on May 26

European travel plans will be disrupted once again tomorrow, 26 May, due to the French air traffic control (ATC) strike taking place – the latest in a series of ATC industrial action in France. French ATC will work on a reduced capacity for at least 24 hours from tomorrow morning.

Thousands of European passengers will see their travel plans disrupted again. Industrial action tomorrow (Thursday) is to be followed by further strikes announced for June 3-5 and June 14, meaning more cancelled flights, delayed journeys, and detours across Europe

Simon McNamara, Director General of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), comments: “With further strikes planned for June in France both the EU and national governments must put an end to these disruptive and costly strikes which cause misery and delays to both passengers and airlines.”

Before you travel to airport check your airline’s website. It will usually have prominent links on its homepage outlining which flights, if any, are affected. If you’ve booked a package holiday, contact your tour operator.

EU regulations make it clear that, when a flight with an EU airline or from an EU airport is cancelled, an airline is liable to pay for the cost of a hotel and subsistence for all those stranded as a result, until a replacement flight is provided. European Union regulations also require airlines to offer you either a full refund of the unused parts of your tickets, or to re-route you to your destination, as soon as possible. Some airlines may also allow you to rebook your flights for a later date at no extra cost.

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