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Belfast passengers hit by French air traffic strike action

Published 15/09/2016

Ryanair warned passengers that further delays were likely
Ryanair warned passengers that further delays were likely

Northern Ireland passengers are urged to check in with their airline before travelling today as more than 100 flights across the UK have been cancelled due to French air traffic controllers (ATCs) on strike again.

Ryanair said it was "forced" to cancel 22 flights on Wednesday night and 72 on Thursday as a result of the 14th French ATC strike this year.

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EasyJet cancelled 64 flights on Thursday, including 22 due to operate to or from the UK.

Belfast International Airport has said there were some delays on Thursday morning.

Passengers are advised to check with their airline before travelling today.

Belfast City Airport has not reported any impact at present.

British Airways has offered customers due to fly to or from France on Thursday the opportunity to rebook.

The flag carrier will use larger aircraft where possible to enable passengers whose flights are cancelled to reach their destination.

The airlines warned passengers that in addition to the flights that were cancelled a number of others were likely to be delayed.

Lobby group Airlines for Europe (A4E), which represents airlines such as easyJet, Ryanair and British Airways' parent company IAG, has called for the European Commission and governments to take action to reduce the impact of ATC strikes.

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