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Cheap Paris hostels: 1,400 flights cancelled by Ryanair because of ATC strikes

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Cheap Paris hostels: 1,400 flights cancelled by Ryanair because of ATC strikes
Flight provider Ryanair has revealed that it has had to cancel 1,400 flights as a result of air traffic control (ATC) strikes around Europe.

It has also had to delay more than 12,000 other flights which it provides, which may have affected those hoping to occupy some cheap Paris hostels.

The company has released the figures as part of its call for the European Commission to step in and prevent the right to strike from taking place in such services as ATC, as well as looking to change the "EU261 passenger rights legislation", which it has called "unfit for purpose" during recent disputes.

Currently, the legislation calls on airlines to suffer the costs of any disputes taking place over the airspace, although 2.5 million customer's have already been affected, with this figure coming just from that of the low-fare airliner.

Michael O'Leary, chief executive of Ryanair, has asked the question of how many more times customers and staff of airliners have to suffer because of ATC strikes in Belgium, France and Spain.

He said: "They don't care about consumers, they don't care about passengers, they repeatedly strike because they know they can shut down Europe's skies and hold EU governments and passengers to ransom."

Another outline from the company is to sack anyone who takes part in illegal ATC strikes.

Ryanair's head of communications, Stephen McNamara, recently called on competition to be introduced against ATC providers to help prevent further strikes from affecting those hoping to book up some cheap hostels in Paris.

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