• Posted:Wednesday, September 29, 2010
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Ryanair urges end to strikes affecting those booking a cheap Madrid hostel
Low-cost airline Ryanair has urged the European Commission to step in and try to prevent further air traffic control (ATC) strikes from taking place across the continent.

It comes as the Spanish ATC are set to strike on September 29th, meaning that anyone booking a cheap Madrid hostel could be affected when travelling with Ryanair.

The company has declared that during this 24-hour period, it will be operating a "hand-baggage only" routine on all of its flights into and out of Spain, though more than 250 of its services had to be cancelled as a result of the French ATC strikes, which took place only the week before this new action.

Ryanair has spoken up about the fact that millions of passengers and holidaymakers have seen their trips either partially ruined through delays or abruptly ended as a result of cancellations, with particular condemnation of the European governments for failing to end these disputes.

Stephen McNamara, head of communications at the airline, believes that too many trips have been ruined "all summer long" as a result of ATC strikes, with people looking to book cheap hostels in Madrid set to be the next affected.

He explained: "Competition must be introduced across Europe’s ATC providers to ensure that a strike in one country is not [to] be allowed to disrupt million of passengers’ travel plans."

Ryanair has recently won a court case against a Spanish company, which was attempting to re-sell flights for its airlines, though with extra charges put on that were not originally required when booking straight through the budget airline.

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