IATA chief condemns ‘irresponsible’ travel strikes

A significant share of recent flight cancellations, primarily in Europe, are owing to job actions by air traffic controllers and others

May 5, 2023

IATA chief Willie Walsh has added his weight to complaints about flights being cancelled due to “irresponsible” strike action in Europe.His comments came as Ryanair reported that more than 700,000 people in six weeks had signed a petition urging action by the European Union to enable flights over France to continue operating during strikes by the country’s air traffic controllers.

May 1 saw the 52nd day of ATC action in France so far this year, forcing the cancellation of flights at short notice for more than 730,000 passengers over four months, according to the airline.

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