Full list of EasyJet, Ryanair and BA strike dates this summer
It’s a tough time to work in the aviation industry. Faced with staff shortages and huge levels of disruption, many airline and airport workers face long, stressful working hours and poor working conditions. And, thanks to the cost of living crisis and pandemic pay cuts, many of them are doing it all for lower wages, too.
Needless to say, it’s no wonder that so many airport and airline staff have already gone on strike this summer. From Italy and Belgium to Denmark and France, airports across Europe have seen thousands of flights delayed and canceled by industrial action.
Strikes can, of course, have a serious impact on your holiday, so it’s best to be as informed as possible about them. Read on to find out who’s going to strike in Europe this summer, where and when those strikes will take place – and if you should be concerned.
EasyJet and Ryanairtricycles in Spain
EasyJet pilots in Spain will go on three 72-hour strikes throughout August over working conditions and contract disputes. The strikes could affect just about every EasyJet route to or from Spain. The dates of the EasyJet pilot strikes are August 12 to 14, 19 to 21 and 27 to 29.
On top of that, two unions representing Ryanair cabin crew based in Spain are also set to go on strike for five months.
Of August 8 to January 7, cabin crew will strike from Monday to Thursday each week. This will likely affect Ryanair connections to Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Seville airports. However, it should be noted that Ryanair said it did not expect this strike to cause so much disruption.
Strikes in Portugal
Civil aviation workers from two unions in Portugal will strike over wages and safety levels from August 19 to 21. This will affect the 10 airports managed by the airport operator ANA, namely Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Madeira, Beja, Flores, Horta, Ponta Delgada and Santa Maria.
Lufthansatricycles in Germany
This is the one to watch out for. Just last week, Lufthansa pilots from the VC union voted overwhelmingly to strike amid demands for higher wages.
A strike among Lufthansa pilots could halt much of the airline’s routes to and from Germany. Exact dates for a strike have yet to be announced – we’ll update this page when we know more.
Of course, it should be borne in mind that the threat of a strike is exactly that: a threat. Strikes are mainly used as a bargaining chip in negotiations between unions and employers, so there is always the possibility that the two parties will reach an agreement before an agreement takes place.
In any case, if your trip involves any of the above airlines, destinations and dates, be sure to keep an eye on your flight status and be prepared for a more disrupted trip than expected.
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