I was due to fly STN
at 0625 this morning, but my flight was cancelled because of the French ATC strike.
What happened was this: we boarded a few minutes after usual - nothing seemed wrong - and then took our seats. There was the usual early-morning rush of flights, so we did not push back on-time. The captain told us that, due to the French ATC strike, we wouldn't be able to obtain a workable slot until between 0800 and 0900. 10 or so minutes thereafter, he came back on and said that the flight was cancelled. I was shocked. He seemed too, as he did moan quite a bit about how they seem to strike whenever they want to which then disrupts everyone's plans.
I must say that I was impressed with FR
's professionalism: it told everyone clearly what to do and where to go. It clearly stated that those who still wish to travel can be transferred onto the Gerona flight - and have priority - and either have a free bus to Barcelona or Reus. Alternatively, you could apply for a refund (which is what I did).
The most annoying thing about this is what I was not able to then fly REU
as planned and I cannot obtain refunds for those unused legs. Still, those two only came to about £20-25.
I decided to catch a coach to LHR
- a one-way ticket cost an absurd £20 - and spend 8 or 9 hours there. Just about to have lunch before going to watch 'em again.
I will meet my girlfriend at STN
tonight for our 0730 flight to VLC
tomorrow morning. My God I will curse more than today if that flight is seriously delayed or cancelled due to the ****ing French deciding to strike!
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