Ryanair cancels 100 flights and warns passengers 'there's no excuse'

Ryanair has been forced to cancel nearly 100 flights tomorrow due to ‘inexplicable’ strike action. Ryanair, which flies from Birmingham, confirmed that the cancellations would affect thousands of Brit holidaymakers set to travel this week.

Ryanair, which is rivalled by Jet2, TUI, Easyjet and more, warned air traffic controllers across France are gong on strike tomorrow - the 84th day of strikes since 2023. The cancellations will affect passengers travelling to and from Paris Beauvais Airport.

A Ryanair spokesperson said: "It is inexplicable that Ursula von der Leyen and the EU Commission have failed to take action to protect EU passengers’ Freedom of Movement during these repeated French ATC strikes. As a result, we have been forced to cancel almost 100 flight to/from Paris Beauvais Airport tomorrow, Thurs 6th June, unfairly disrupting thousands of EU passengers’ travel plans at short notice."

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They added: "EU passengers are sick and tired of suffering unnecessary cancellations during ATC strikes. The EU Commission must now act upon Ryanair’s Protect Passengers - Keep EU Skies Open petition of more than 2.1m EU passengers’ signatures which Ryanair delivered directly to the EU Commission offices in May, Sept and Jan last.

"There is no excuse for EU passengers to bear the burden of national ATC strikes that are completely unrelated to them and its time that Ursula von der Leyen and the EU Commission do something about it.” The air traffic controllers' union at Paris' Orly airport has filed a strike notice covering June 11th, June 12th and also on June 13th.

The exact level of disruption will depend on how many air traffic controllers heed the UNSA-ICNA union's call, but a strike two weeks ago by the same union saw 70 percent of flights in and out of Orly airport cancelled. Other French airports were unaffected.