Airchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 1 hour ago) and read 1189 times:
Yes that's correct. I work at VS and last week it was expected that overflights would be allowed, however a couple of our flights from Africa to the UK had to be routed to avoid French airspace when it was closed at the last minute. Fortunately the a/c involved had enough fuel and didn't require a tech stop.
Regardless of who's fault it is, it's the airlines and passengers that suffer so I hope they hurry up and sort it out.
Rick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months ago) and read 1169 times:
"But surely long-haul flights must avail of French air traffic control facilities, at least whilst flying over French airspace??"
Absoultely, you should see some of the crazy routes we have to take to Spain and the Canary Islands on the days the French go on strike. Typical ACE flight will route West over South Wales, Southern Ireland, right out over the Atlantic before turning south towards Spain / Portugal.
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...