Ryanair has warned the EU that it must take action against air traffic controllers striking in France.
Strikes are plaguing the airspace above the country every weekend with multiple airlines in the UK affected.
In May, Ryanair cancelled over 1,000 flights while easyJet saw over 900 flight cancellations.
The strikes continue to affect multiple airlines from the UK attempting to fly over and to France.
CCO David O’Brien issued the warning in a press conference earlier today announcing the new base for Ryanair from Southend Airport.
O’Brien explained: “We can do very little regarding ATC.
“Every carrier is going to start to be noisier on this subject. Airlines such as Lufthansa are cancelling a number of flights these days.
“All we can do is to keep bringing this subject to the attention of those making the regulations.
“It is truly a scandal that a couple of hundred ATC controllers can affect airports.
“The proposal is that neighbouring ATC providers should be able to provide overflight air traffic control of those countries on strike.”
“The EU must take action to keep Europe’s skies open.
“It should allow Spanish ATC to control airspace currently controlled by Marseilles.
“It is technologically possible and will avoid more than the 2,000 flights cancelled [this year].”
He also explained how it is out of the airline’s control, despite passenger anger.
“Airlines ultimately get the blame; we understand how customers can be extremely upset,” Mr O’Brien said.
“At the very least, we need EU regulators to take steps to alleviate the crisis.”
Mr O’Brien reiterated that the opening of the new base at Southend Airport was not a “vote of confidence” regarding Brexit and the future of aviation in the UK.
He explained: “Brexit remains an issue but we don’t know. We have plans to do with ownership and control issues, we have a mobile asset with our fleet but we shall we what happens.
“It shouldn’t be mistaken as a reversal of opinion on the merits of Brexit.”
CEO Michael O’Leary has spoken out on multiple occasions regarding Brexit and how it could badly affect UK aviation and the open skies agreement.
Grounded flights, threatening flight sales, “months” of chaos and stranded expats were just some of the warnings he has given.