Thousands of flights at risk due to possible EU air traffic strike

Thousands of summer flights across Europe could be grounded with air traffic controllers threatening strike action.

Eurocontrol staff said they will strike over pay and conditions.

Eurocontrol manages air traffic within European airspace.

Air traffic strike action could be announced as early as Monday.

A strike would ‘be massive and extremely disruptive’ a source tells The Times.

“In a full-blown strike, 20 to 30% of flights would be at least delayed,” another source said.

That could be as many as 12,000 flights a day impacted.

About 33,000 flights a day are scheduled in Europe during the summer peak period.

Management at Eurocontrol reportedly said air traffic strike action is ‘inevitable’

Director General of Eurocontrol Raúl Medina recently spoke of concerns a strike could play havoc with peak season air travel.

“Recent industrial action caused many delays across the network.”

“We can manage situations like that, but if it happens in the middle of summer, it will be much more challenging,” he said.

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