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So every once in awhile I see an article talking about the air traffic control strikes in Europe like this one: European air traffic controllers to strike.

How does this affect me if I am flying to Europe? Do they just close the doors and all airspace becomes uncontrolled airspace? I'm guessing not, but that's what I envision when I hear that! What happens if they go on strike while I'm over the ocean on my way there?

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Since these strikes are announced in advance, you will not be caught by surprise half way accross the ocean. If you try to file a flightplan through the soon to be closed airspace, the CFMU will not accept your plan. There will be no IFR traffic in the airspace before they close down the service.

I don't know about VFR.

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