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Airlines warn of flight disruptions over French ATC strike

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Image caption The Dublin Airport Authority is advising passengers to check with their airlines before travelling

Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Easyjet have warned of flight disruptions on Saturday and Sunday due to a strike by French air traffic controllers.

Ryanair told Irish broadcaster RTÉ it had been forced to cancel up to 100 flights across Europe over the weekend.

Aer Lingus has had no cancellations but warned of 16 "flight disruptions" while Easyjet said 65% of its flights use French air space and may be delayed.

Passengers are being advised to check with their airlines before travelling.

Ryanair said its return flight from Dublin Airport to Nice on Sunday has been cancelled.

The carrier said German and French Air Traffic Control staff shortages also caused delays to some flight departures on Friday morning.

Flight protection

On Thursday, Willie Walsh of IAG, British Airways' parent company, also argued that the European Commission was not adequately protecting flights over France and that EU law was being infringed.

Mr Walsh and Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary were both speaking in Brussels after a meeting with Europe's transport commissioner, Violeta Bulc.

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