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.