French strikes

Industrial action by French air traffic controllers is causing chaos over central Europe with numerous flights being cancelled.

The strike has been called for 3 days from 11th to 13th June with the result that British Airways has been forced to cancel the following flights for today, 11th June. Details of cancellations for tomorrow and Thursday will follow in due course.

London Heathrow – Paris (CDG): LHR – CDG – LHR – BA306/BA309/BA314/BA319/BA322/BA327
London Heathrow – Paris (ORY): LHR – ORY – LHR – BA322/BA333/BA336/BA337
London Heathrow – Nice: LHR – NCE – LHR – BA348/BA349/BA354/BA355/BA356/BA357
London Gatwick – Nice: LGW – NCE – LGW – BA2622/BA2623/BA2624/BA2625
London Heathrow – Lyon: LHR – LYS – LHR – BA360/BA361/BA362/BA363
London Heathrow – Marseille: LHR – MRS – LHR – BA370/BA371
London Heathrow – Toulouse: LHR – TLS – LHR – BA372/BA373

The reason for the strikes? French air traffic controllers opposition to the EU’s plans to create a single European airspace, the so-called Single European Sky project, which, they say, will affect public safety and their working conditions.

The skies above Europe are some of the busiest in the world but control of the flight routes is managed by the various different countries underneath. The result is that flights are forced to take inefficient, circuitous routes that waste time, cost money and harm the environment due to unnecessary emissions. The European Commission has in fact published its own findings which estimate that the current, archaic system adds 42kms (26 miles) to the average flight.

British Airways 777 taxiing at Heathrow