Ryanair and easyJet have been forced to cancel up to 300 flights to and around France this weekend due to strike action.
easyJet announced more than 200 flights have been scrapped due to industrial action by air traffic controllers in Marseille today and tomorrow.
Likewise up to 100 flights by Ryanair have been cancelled, with widespread chaos expected for travellers.
Both airlines have released statements advising people what to do amid the cancellations.
Our guide below gives you all the information you need to know about what the airlines say about the strikes, how to find out if your journey has been affected, and what you should do next.
Ryanair’s latest statement says Due to yet another unjustified ATC strike this weekend, Ryanair regrets to inform customers that it has been forced to cancel a number of flights.
All affected customers will be contacted by email and text message and advised of their options.
On their website , they also said Ryanair calls for immediate EU Commission action to prevent more ATC strikes and staff shortages disrupting the travel plans of Europe’s consumers this summer, and we also encourage all customers to sign A4E’s online petition, Keep Europe’s Skies Open.
easyJet said ahead of the weekend We have been advised of a French air traffic control strike starting on Saturday 23rd June, through to Sunday 24th June 2018.
Like all airlines, our flights to and from France, as well as those flying in French airspace, could be affected.
Also flights that do not operate through France may still be affected as 65% of easyJet flights operate through French air space and may be delayed before arriving for your flight.
We expect that there could possibly be delays due to the industrial action, therefore we advise all customers to check the status of their flight on our flight tracker either on our mobile app or website.
Although this situation is outside of our control we would like to apologise to any affected passengers for the inconvenience caused.
Ryanair say they have contacted all customers who have been affected by email and text message and advised them what their options are.
But they also advise people due to travel on Saturday and Sunday to check the status of their flight on their website.
easyjet have advised all their customers to check the status of their flight on their flight tracker , either on their mobile App or the website.
Ryanair says if your flight is cancelled there are two options available to choose from.
Either you can apply for a refund or change your cancelled flight for free.
easyJet said they would contact customers affected directly via email and SMS using the details given when booking and checking in.
For cancelled flights only, they advise people not to travel to the airport but to transfer their flights for free or get a refund by logging onto the ‘manage bookings’ section on the website or by using their flight tracker.
If overnight accommodation is needed, passengers can book this on the day their flight was due to depart also through their flight tracker.
Ryanair tells passengers they can be rerouted in this order
1. The airline will try to put you on the next available Ryanair flight with the same route on the same or next day. If this is not possible they will then try to put you on the next available Ryanair flight from or to a suitable alternative airport in the same country. If this option isn’t available on the same or next day then;
2. Ryanair will try and get you to your destination with a partner airline. If this option is not available on the same or the next day then;
3. You could be given the option to travel on via an alternative mode of transport – for example on a train, bus, airline, or car hire. With this option, it may be that you need to rebook the flights yourself and submit receipts to Ryanair for a refund and you should contact the airline before arranging this.
easyJet customers who have been affected can transfer their flight for free by logging onto the website and inputting your flight number. You can also log onto the easyJet App or go to Manage Bookings where you’ll need the email address and password you used to book your trip.
Ryanair says if you wish to claim a full refund for a cancelled flight you can click on this link , log into your account and follow the steps provided.
easyJet advise people to apply for a refund by logging onto the ‘manage bookings’ section on their website or by using their flight tracker.
They also have videos on their site which guide you step by step on how to book a hotel room, transfer your flight or simply get a refund.
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