Luton based airline easyjet is organising rescue flights today for schoolchildren stranded because of the French air traffic control strike.
The five rescue flights are prioritising the repatriation of three groups of school children in Paris Charles de Gaulle, London Gatwick and Marrakech. They will operate from Luton to Paris Charles de Gaulle, Charles de Gaulle to Barcelona, Barcelona to Luton, London Gatwick to Madrid and Marrakech to London Gatwick.
The company, which has had to cancel more than 580 flights in the past few days, has 500 staff working in contact centres to assist passengers in rebooking their travel arrangements over the phone.
“easyJet is disappointed at this unnecessary strike action which has caused considerable and disproportionate disruption for passengers and airlines across Europe,” said a spokesman,
“easyJet can assure its passengers it is doing everything possible to limit the inconvenience of this strike on them. We are advising all affected passengers of any flight changes via e-mail and SMS. Customers can also check flight information on our Flight Tracker page on our website.
“For all passengers due to fly with us on these days, we strongly recommend that they check the status of their flight on our Flight Tracker page at www.easyjet.com/en/flight-tracker for real time information before going to the airport.
“Although this is outside of our control, easyJet would like to apologise to its customers for any inconvenience caused.”