ITAA Statement on French Air Traffic Control strike

25 June 2018

TRAINING DATE: 08/08/2019

Dublin, 22nd June 2018  The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) today expressed their disappointment at the announcement by French Air Traffic Control of a strike to take place this weekend, 23rd and 24th June.


John Spollen, President of the ITAA, said: “This latest strike follows a 24 hour strike on 22nd May, causing further disruption to Irish passengers impacting travel to and from France and any journey which may pass through French air space, such as popular destinations Portugal and Spain. Disruption to planned accommodation, any connecting travel and, of course, incurred additional costs, are major consequences for Irish holidaymakers.”


He continued, “As outlined in a statement issued by the ITAA in May, our members are concerned that the recurring issue of industrial disharmony over recent years could affect tourism from Ireland to France going forward. While the impending strike will affect popular holiday destinations Paris, Nice, Murcia, Barcelona, Ibiza and among others, we are also aware that inbound tourism to Ireland and businesses are equally faced with disruptions.”


Spollen concluded, “The ITAA advise all passengers to check with their travel agent or online for the status of their flight before making their way to the airport this weekend. With a two day strike, passengers should consider that airlines could likely face schedule disturbances beyond Sunday 24th June.”


The ITAA represents Ireland’s travel Industry, bringing together 100 travel agent members and 70 affiliate partners. ITAA members cover over 140 outlets in different towns and cities throughout the Republic of Ireland. All travel agent members are licensed by the Commission for Aviation Regulation and are fully bonded providing full financial protection for their customers.