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French air traffic controllers' strike made a mess on European skies

Staff writer |
A strike by air traffic controllers in France is continuing to disrupt flights throughout Europe.

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The action is being staged in protest against a cap on recruitment and reported lack of investment in the systems used by workers.

Ryanair has called on the French government and the European Commission to intervene to prevent passengers from being, as the company put it, "held to ransom" by "tiny numbers" of French workers.

Ryanair also pointed out that the strike was also disrupting flights overflying France, meaning that travellers whose flights neither take-off from nor land in a French airport are also affected.

The flights affected include those to Nantes, Alicante, Barcelona El Prat, Malaga, Nice, Murcia and Paris Beauvais.

There is also disruption to flights not taking off or landing in France, but using French air space. Some planes are being re-routed.

In France, delays are being reported by at least six airports.

French media is saying that Marseille airport is the worst affected but the other sites experiencing problems include Toulouse, Bordeaux, Orly, Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle and Lyon and Nice. The disruption is expected to last until Tuesday.

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