Strikes cause more cancellations across Europe

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Hundreds of flights across Europe have been cancelled over the next two days because of strike action.

A strike by French air traffic controllers has affected flights out of the UK, including easyJet and Ryanair services.

The strike started on Wednesday evening and is due to end at 6am tomorrow (Friday 17 February).

An easyJet spokesperson said: “Airlines have been requested by the French authorities to make cancellations to their flying programmes on Thursday 16 February.

“Any impacted customers will be notified in advance to help them rearrange their plans and offered the option to change their flight for free or receive a refund.

“As French rail services may also be affected, we recommend customers plan their journey to or from the airport in advance and allow extra time to travel.

“While this is outside of our control, we would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience they may experience as a result of the strike action.”

Ryanair is also expected to cancel ‘a small number of flights’.

The Independent reports British Airways has cancelled a round-trip from London Heathrow to Lyon, while Iberia has cancelled a flight to Madrid.

In Germany, strikes are planned at seven airports tomorrow (Friday), with passengers told to expect ‘massive disruptions’.

There will be no flights from Hamburg or Munich airports, while Germany’s largest airport, Frankfurt, warned of heavy disruption.

Lufthansa, which suffered mass cancellations yesterday when workers cut through power cables at Frankfurt, warned ‘a large number’ of its flights would be hit.

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