A week of disruption is ahead of hundreds of thousands of European passengers who will see their travel plans thwarted by a wave of air traffic control strikes. Airlines have been asked to reduce their flight offerings in France by 25 per cent and more than 1,000 flights are expected to be cancelled.
The European Commission has presented its proposal to keep the scope of its emissions trading system to cover flights within the EU, known as Stop the Clock. This step follows the historic agreement reached by governments last year on a global scheme to address climate change as proposed by the United Nations aviation specialised agency, International Civil Aviation Organisation.
Airlines for Europe continues to attract new members with Cargolux joining Europe’s largest airline association. Based in Luxembourg, Cargolux is Europe’s leading all-cargo airline with an all Boeing 747 freighter fleet operating scheduled all-cargo flights as well as full and part-charter services.
Membership numbers at Airlines for Europe are growing further with Icelandair joining Europe’s largest airline association. The airline operates out of Iceland, and uses the country’s geographical location mid-way between America and Europe, to offer a network of international routes with Iceland as a hub.
A4E has released an updated version of a PwC study on the economic impact of air traffic control strikes in Europe. Now including the 2016 figures, the analysis reveals that since 2010 the overall impact of strikes have cost €12 billion to the EU economy, associated with more than 140,000 jobs.
Thousands of European passengers are likely to see their travel plans disrupted again today with the latest air traffic control strike in Europe. The strike is expected to last for 35 hours and will see hundreds of flight cancellations - delays and time-consuming detours not included, according to the Airlines For Europe aviation pressure group.
European holiday makers witnessed an unprecedented spectacle last weekend when a July 23rd strike by Italian air traffic controllers was called on and off twice. However, thousands of passengers still saw their travel plans disrupted when airlines had to cancel more than 100 flights to and from Italy even though the planned eight-hour strike was called off at the very last minute, as the notice provided was insufficient to reinstate the cancelled flights.
Just ten days after extensive disruption in European aviation, a new French air traffic controller strike will today cause disruption to travel plans. Millions of European travellers are expected to be hit by the action, the 43rd strike day in France since 2009.