Airline boss Willie Walsh optimistic over legal bid to end strike misery

Airline boss Willie Walsh optimistic over legal bid to end strike misery

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The boss of British Airways owner International Airlines Group (IAG) has said he is “optimistic” over a legal challenge to end crippling strikes, but warned over long-term disruptions for fliers if it does not succeed.IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said France’s air traffic control strikes risk damaging passenger confidence and bookings if they do not end soon.He said last week’s co-ordinated action by IAG, easyJet, Ryanair and Wizz Air to complain to the European Commission against France’s industrial action showed the level of concern among carriers.“This is an example of where fierce rivals come together on a matter of common concern and the interests of our industry, ” he said.“When you get the likes of IAG, Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air coming together saying the same thing and arguing for the same thing, people do take notice.”He added he was “optimistic” the complaint will effect change, and said “the fact we are prepared to make a formal complaint and pursue legal channels demonstrates the concern”.The four airlines claim France’s strikes breach the “fundamental principle of freedom of movement within the EU”, having already caused tens of thousands of flights to be cancelled this year, impacting millions of passengers.They allege that ....


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