Just recently, four airlines, all European, have just filed a complaint for France’s case against the European Union. This controversial decision stems from the denunciation of the serious repercussions of the air traffic controllers’ strike. IAG, easyJet, Ryanair and Wizz Air denounce together the actions of these controllers who contribute an embarrassment to the principle of freedom of movement in the countries of the European Union.
Major impacts on the national economy
In France, air transport is attracting new passengers every day. Indeed, the traffic generated by airlines is as important as that of the metro. Holidays, business trips or medical reasons, more than one million travellers circulate in the country day after day. Since this sector generates large scale revenues, repeated flight cancellations can have major impacts on the national economy. The only purpose of these companies’ demands is to solve the problem.
More than 10,000 flights disrupted this year
In France, the number of protest movements has multiplied since the beginning of January with a figure exceeding 4 times that of last year. The great country of freedom is accused of non-compliance with the European law on freedom of air movement. After being forced to cancel hundreds of flights with more than 750,000 passengers on board, IAG and Ryanair filed their applications in June. With losses estimated at 25 million pounds, easyJet joins the group to denounce the country that has done nothing to alleviate its heavy penalty. In last position, Wizz Air, a Hungarian low cost airline, joins the protest wagon to announce the number of flights it had to cancel until June, a figure that affected 2 million of its passengers.
Support from the French Senate
These companies underline what the French Senate said in a report in which it is clearly stated that the demands of air traffic controllers in France are responsible for many European flight delays. In support, they recall the complaint Spain lodged against France in 1997 for having prevented the export of vegetables and fruit within the European Union. At the time, Europe supported this demand, the four companies hope that this time, its decision will be the same.
Just as in the case of a spread of disease, one manifestation leads to another manifestation directly or indirectly. With pilots and co-pilots on strike since December 2017, Ryanair is on the verge of bankruptcy in terms of personnel. The company managed by Michel O’Leary is at its lowest following a series of flight cancellations, not counting the losses caused by the refund of tickets to passengers. Not only does the airline see its economic potential falling, but it is also losing its notoriety on low-cost air traffic. To put things in order, it now has only one way out: to denounce France for not having taken any mitigation measures on the case of cancelled flights.