Flying soon? Hundreds of flights have been cancelled due to a strike

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Strike: Ryanair have been forced to cancel more than 250 flights
Strike: Ryanair have been forced to cancel more than 250 flights

Irish people flying to and from France face travel disruption due to a 48-hour strike by French air traffic controllers and transport workers.

Irish and UK carriers are being forced to cancel up to 40% of their French services today and tomorrow, with easyJet having to axe 118 flights today alone.

Two Aer Lingus flights - EI 522 Dublin to Paris and EI 523 Paris to Dublin – have been cancelled by the Irish operator. 

A statement on their website reads: "All other Aer Lingus flights between Ireland and France on Wednesday 8th April are planned to operate."
"We will notify customers through all available communications channels should this situation change."
Ryanair, who yesterday reported a large increase in passengers, have been forced to cancel more than 250 flights around Europe. 
The Dublin-based airline cancelled 250 flights today, with the airports affected including Birmingham, Luton, Leeds Bradford, Stansted, East Midlands and Dublin.
"We sincerely apologise to all customers affected by this unwarranted strike action and we call on the EU and French authorities to take measures to prevent any further disruption," said Ryanair in a statement.
"It's grossly unfair that thousands of European travellers will once again have their travel plans disrupted by the selfish actions of a tiny number of French ATC [air traffic control] workers.
Further cancellations are likely so they are urging passengers to check their flight before travelling. 
Most of the easyJet cancellations involve flights within France - but the scrapped services do include return flights to Paris from Gatwick, Belfast and Luton as well as a Gatwick-Toulouse return service.
British Airways is another airline which is affected and there could be some delays to non-French services that use French airspace.
UK operator EasyJet said: "Like all airlines flying to and from France, we expect significant impact to our flights during this period. We can assure our passengers we are doing everything possible to limit the inconvenience of this strike on them."

EasyJet said it was contacting all affected passengers and was also advising them to check the status of their flight.

BA said: "We are doing all we can to minimise disruption to customers. We will be using larger aircraft as well as re-routing some flights to try to help as many customers as possible get to where they need to be.

"Unfortunately there will be some knock-on delays to other parts of our short-haul network as a result of the strike action, given how much airspace in Europe will be affected. We are sorry for any disruption to customers' travel plans."

Flybe is cancelling 16 flights today including services to Paris from Manchester, Birmingham and Exeter as well as some flights from Southampton.