Cheap flights operator Ryanair has called for EU action against ATC strikers, after revealing it has cancelled 1,400 flights and delayed a further 12,000 already this year because of industrial action across Europe.
Flights to France, Spain and Belgium were all disrupted last week as a result of walkouts by air traffic controllers.
The frustrated carrier explained that airlines and passengers suffer the costs of such action without any recourse against unions that decide to strike.
It is now urging the European Commission to remove the ‘right to strike’ from vital airport services such as the ATC, because it believes existing legislation is "unfit for purpose".
Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary asked: "How many more times will Europe’s airlines and their passengers be disrupted by unnecessary airspace closures, strikes and work to rules before the EU Commission finally takes some action?"
Last month, the airline operated ‘hand baggage only’ flights to Spain and back on September 29th, to avoid further cancellations due to strike.