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Ryanair cancels over 200 flights due to French strike

Ryanair has cancelled over 200 flights because of a strike in France by air traffic controllers.

The airline was critical of what it called the "selfish" actions of the ATC unions that led to the cancellation and delays of flights across Europe.

It urged passengers to sign its petition - Keep Europe Skies Open - which calls on the European Commission and European Parliament to protect Europe from what it called "repeated blackmail and disruption" by ATC unions.

It says it has contacted all affected customers by email and SMS text message with their options: a full refund, rebooking on to the next available flight or rebooking onto an alternative route.

Ryanair: French aviation unions' strike 'selfish'

Ryanair has called striking French airline staff selfish Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

Budget airline Ryanair has branded the French aviation unions "selfish" following the start of a three-day strike by the country's air traffic controllers.

Hundreds of passengers flying with easyJet, Ryanair and British Airways will face flight cancellations and delays up until Tuesday as a result of the French industrial action in a move that Ryanair deemed "unwarranted" and "grossly unfair".

Passengers travelling from Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton Airport have already been hit by rescheduling after the strike began on Sunday with officials at Gatwick saying that passengers had experienced delays averaging more than 50 minutes.

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