Flights between Ireland and France cancelled due to ATC strike.

Flights between Ireland and France cancelled due to ATC strike.
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Many flights in Ireland and throughout Europe cancelled or diverted as a result of the Air Traffic Control - France strike.

People flying across French airspace on Monday are advised to contact their airline for the most up-to-date information.

Some Aer Lingus and Ryanair flights are expected to be grounded at Dublin, Belfast, and Cork airports. Flights to Lourdes, Nimes, Carcassonne, Nice, Toulouse, Bordeaux, and Paris were all cancelled.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary called the effects of the ongoing French air traffic control strikes "completely unacceptable" in a statement issued on Saturday.

"The French authorities have told us that we must cancel an additional 220 flights, the majority of which are overflying France," he said.

"This means that another 40,000 passengers will have their flights cancelled over the May bank holiday weekend due to French ATC strikes," he stated.

Mr O'Leary stated that Ryanair wants to "sincerely apologize" to passengers whose flights were affected, adding that where flights were cancelled, customers were notified through email.

"It is unfair that flights from the UK to Spain or Italy to Portugal are being cancelled simply because a bunch of French air traffic control units want to go on strike," he said.

"We respect their right to strike, but if they want to strike, they should cancel French flights and protect overflights," he said.