Worldwide Airways Group, Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air have submitted complaints to the European Fee in opposition to France as its air site visitors controllers’ strikes limit the basic precept of freedom of motion throughout the EU.
The airways are usually not questioning the proper to strike however imagine France is breaking EU legislation by not enabling flights over the nation throughout strikes.
Passengers on overflights are being denied their elementary freedom to journey between member states not affected by strike motion.
Up to now this 12 months, French air site visitors management strikes have elevated by 300 per cent versus 2017.
Final month, the French senate confirmed that France alone is chargeable for 33 per cent of flight delays in Europe.
The senate additionally argued that the proper to strike must be balanced in opposition to the duty to supply public service.
Willie Walsh, IAG chief government, stated: “The best to strike must be balanced in opposition to freedom of motion.
“It’s not solely clients flying out and in of France who’re affected throughout French air site visitors management strikes.
“Passengers on routes that overfly France, particularly the big airspace that covers Marseille and the Mediterranean, are additionally topic to delays and large disruptions.
“This impacts all airways however has a major destructive impression on Spain’s tourism and economic system.”
IAG is the proprietor of Spain-based Iberia.
The complaints state that there’s a authorized precedent to this case. I
In 1997, the Spanish complained to the European Fee after they suffered for a few years when French farmers prevented their fruit and vegetable exports into the EU.
The European Court docket dominated in opposition to France because the French authorities didn’t deal with the farmers’ actions and failed to make sure the free motion of products.
Michael O’Leary, Ryanair chief government, stated: “Europe’s air site visitors management suppliers are reaching the purpose of meltdown with lots of of flights being cancelled and delayed each day both due to air site visitors management strikes or as a result of Europe’s air site visitors controllers don’t have sufficient employees.
“When Greece and Italy have air site visitors management strikes, overflights proceed as regular.
“Why gained’t France do the identical?
“Air site visitors controller suppliers (particularly in Germany and the UK) are hiding behind adversarial climate and euphemisms resembling “capability restrictions” when the reality is they aren’t rostering sufficient air site visitors controllers to cater for the variety of flights which might be scheduled to function.
“These disruptions are unacceptable, and we name on Europe’s governments and the EU Fee to take pressing and decisive motion to make sure that air site visitors management suppliers are absolutely staffed and that overflights are usually not affected when nationwide strikes happen, as they repeatedly do in France.”
In accordance with Eurocontrol, greater than 16,000 flights had been delayed by June this 12 months resulting from air site visitors management strikes, affecting greater than two million passengers.