Airport chaos and airline strikes have left many British holidaymakers set to jet abroad this year frustrated.
Staff shortages at Manchester Airport and Leeds Bradford Airport in recent weeks have created significant disruption for travellers. Pictures of “mile-long” queues and luggage left abandoned in arrival halls have highlighted the problems currently faced by passengers.
Operators such as easyJet and TUI have been forced to cancel a number of flights and strike action could further affect the aviation industry. Ryanair employees have announced a walkout this month over pay and working conditions, BirminghamLive reports.
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They said staff from European countries have “no other option” but to strike but the airline said it expects “little disruption to flights”. A spokesperson said: “Ryanair has negotiated collective agreements covering 90 per cent of our people across Europe.
“In recent months we have been negotiating improvements to those agreements as we work through the Covid recovery phase. Those negotiations are going well and we do not expect widespread disruption this summer.”
Below is everything we know about the strikes that will take place over the next few days.
When will the Ryanair strikes take place?
Belgian unions representing Ryanair workers said industrial action was planned during the main summer holiday season. According to unions strikes in Belgium and Portugal will take place from June 24 to 26, France from June 25 to 26 and in Italy on June 25.
Spanish employees have announced walkouts from June 24 to 26, June 30 as well as from July 1 to 2. In Belgium industrial action will come as a blow to passengers as Ryanair operates 17 planes from Charleroi and two aircraft from Brussels.
Union members employed by the budget airline in France have threatened a walkout on June 25 to 26 which would affect flights from Toulouse, Marseille and Paris Beauvais airports to Morocco, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Corsica, England, Scotland and Ireland. Unions representing staff in Italy called for a 24-hour strike on June 25 to coincide with walkouts in both Spain and Portugal.
Unions FILT-CGIL and UIL Trasporti said they sought improved pay and conditions after staging a four-hour stoppage earlier in June.
Post source: In The Know