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Thousands of Travelers Face Disruption as French Strike Again

More than 300 flights have been cancelled as a result of today’s air traffic control (ATC) strike in France. The strike, which is expected to last 35 hours, will delay travel plans for more than 200,000 passengers during the busiest month of the year. This is the ATC’s 13th strike this year. Another strike is planned to take place in Italy later this month, risking hundreds of cancelled flights. Between 2010 and 2015 there were 167 ATC strike days in the EU, or one in every 13. British Airways could not confirm how many flights would be affected but is allowing customers to rebook free of charge if their service is affected and said it is using larger aircraft to mitigate the impact where possible.  Ryanair reported 166 flights were cancelled. EasyJet said it has cancelled 46 flights and was expecting further delays. The airline said it would be contacting affected passengers but urged those flying to check the status of their service online. Airports across France are likely to see delays, including Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly, Lyon, Marseille and Bordeaux. For advice about your rights if a flight is cancelled, click here. (Business Traveler, The Telegraph).

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