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French air traffic controllers to strike affecting Irish travellers

French air traffic controllers to strike affecting Irish travellers

In a move which could cause air chaos for Irish travellers, France’s air traffic controllers are set to launch a series of strikes tomorrow.

The country’s civil aviation body has urged airlines across the continent to cut flights by up to 40pc as a preventative measure.

The upheaval will affect travellers returning to Ireland from Easter holidays on the continent.

The strike is set to last eight-days.

Ryanair has cancelled 17 flights in and out of Shannon and Dublin airports.

In total, it has cancelled 250 flights across various European routes.

Aer Lingus said it has been forced to cancel two flights: EI 522 Dublin to Paris and EI 523 Paris to Dublin.

Full refunds and information on rebooking flights is available online, the airline added.

All other Aer Lingus flights between Ireland and France are scheduled to operate.

The main air traffic controllers' union has also urged industrial action on 16-18 April and 29 April to 2 May which was sparked over working practices and retirement age, currently set at 59 for air traffic controllers.