Europe braced for strike disruption

13 Nov 2012 by BusinessTraveller

Flights to and from European countries including Spain and Greece may be disrupted tomorrow (Wednesday November 14), due to industrial action called by the European Trade Union Confederation.

BA’s website advises that “A 24-hour general strike is due to take place in Spain on Wednesday 14 November 2012”, and warns that “There could be some impact to British Airways and Iberia services to and from Spain on this day”.

As a result the carrier is offering free ticket changes to alternative dates up to November 28. BA also warns that “There may also be disruption in other European countries such as Portugal, Italy, Frances and Greece on Wednesday”, and advises passengers to check the status of their flights before travelling.

Ryanair says that it has been advised of “a possible general strike in Spain, France and Portugal on Wednesday 14th November, however following a Eurocontrol conference call, air traffic controllers from Spain and Portugal have confirmed that they will not be participating in the any strike action and on this basis Ryanair has decided at this stage not to cancel flights scheduled to operate on the 14th November”.

The carrier is however allowing free changes for passengers booked to travek to or from these countries tomorrow, as “flight delays are inevitable and flight cancellations remain a possibility”.

Easyjet advises that the industrial action “will affect different countries at different times during the day”, and says that it is “proactively trying to minimise disruption, however, we would like to warn customers that they could experience delays to their travel plans”.

Meanwhile Eurostar advises that it “plans to operate its full service as usual, however onward railway connections and local train services may be disrupted”. 

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Report by Mark Caswell

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