Dozens Of Flights Cancelled Over France Strikes
Thousands of air passengers are facing travel disruption due to a strike by air traffic controllers in France.
The action, starting today, is expected to last for six days. Last night, French authorities were still trying to assess the likely impact.
Airports in the UK say the industrial action is likely to affect many flights using French airspace including those to Spain.
EasyJet, which is the second biggest airline in France, is telling customers they have cancelled 20% of flights.
These include a number of flights from Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Paris Orly, and Paris Charles de Gaulle.
The airline says it is doing everything it can to minimise the impact on customers and that all those on affected flights will be informed by text message or email.
Ryanair told Sky News at least 125 of its flights were cancelled on the day.
It has promised to offer free transfers to a new flight or a full refund for travellers hit by the action.
The company has advised people against re-booking journeys between today and June 30, because of the likelihood of further disruption.
Cancellations and delays may be significant but are not expected to be as bad as first feared. One of the two French unions involved called off its action after talks.
The unions are opposed to plans for a re-organisation of air navigation in France.
Airports and airlines have been planning in an effort to avoid as much of the disruption as possible.
Each week 17,000 seats are available between France and Manchester alone.
Manchester airport, which is part of a group including Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth, says up to 13,000 passengers could be affected this week.
It has advised passengers who are concerned to check with their airline before arriving at the airport.