Why you need to sign the ‘Keep Europe’s Skies Open’ Petition
You need to sign it because it might just help put a stop to Air Traffic Control unions going on strike and causing flights all over Europe to be cancelled, ruining you and your family’s travel plans.
Over just two days in April of this year, over 3,600 flights all over Europe were cancelled because of strikes held by Air Traffic Control (ATC) Unions in France. That’s hundreds of thousands of people, all over Europe, who couldn’t get where they needed to go.
These are people who were heading off on their one big holiday of the year – or trying to get home, with no idea how or when they would get back. People going to job interviews, to see loved ones, to be present at their family or friends’ weddings and funerals. The personal cost to the people left stranded is simply not acceptable.
One very small group should not be able to wreak havoc on the whole of Europe. Of course ATC Unions should have the right to organise and advance their valid concerns, but when a few dozen people decide to strike in the height of summer, disrupting hundreds of thousands of people’s hard-earned holidays, it’s tantamount to blackmail.
The petition asks that either Air Traffic Control be treated as the critical service it is (meaning that strikes are not allowed), or that when the ATC unions strike, other European ATCs can manage flights over French Airspace. You can read about it in more detail here.