Ryanair is demanding the European Commission “step up and take immediate action” ahead of a fifth strike day in 2023 by France’s air traffic controllers. The Dublin-based budget carrier said the commission’s president, Ursula von der Leyen, needs to act “by protecting overflights which will prevent thousands of European passengers from being disrupted” during an “unnecessary” strike starting at 6pm on February 15. The airline accused the EU of “abandoning hundreds of thousands of passengers” and slammed the striking ATC workers who it said had “hijacked” French airspace “time after time”. Von der Leyen should quit if she cannot protect

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