Tourists could face even more travel chaos after Spain’s Ryanair cabin crew voted to hold six days of strikes during June and July.
Workers affiliated with two Spanish unions are scheduled to strike on June 24, 25, 26 and 30, as well as the first two days of July.
The staff want an agreement that “guarantees decent working conditions for all staffat the airline, the USO and SITCPLA unions said in a joint statement.
Strikes come like European airports and carriers fight to cope with an increase in travel demand, with thousands of flights canceled during the last month.
How will the Ryanair strike affect your holidays?
Ryanair operates from more than 20 airports in Spain.
However, the budget airline does not expect widespread disruption, a spokesman said, as most of the staff are affiliated with different unions that have struck deals with Ryanair.
“We think your [USO and SITCPLA unions] The strike calls will not be supported by our Spanish crews”, they commented.
But the Spanish unions cited affirm the opposite. Both have threatened to coordinate actions with other Ryanair employees in Belgium, France, Italy and Portugal.
The strike is the latest to plague European travel. In the past week, industrial action forced several low-cost airlines, including Ryanair, to cancel flights to and from Italy, while a strike on Thursday morning meant Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport had to scrap 100 flights.
This month, hundreds of British Airways employees in London Heathrow will vote whether or not to leave the job to protest wage conditions.
GMB – the union leading the strike in the UK – has warned that British Airways will face an “exhausting summer of travel chaos” if the company doesn’t offer staff a pay raise.
Why are European airports so busy?
Approximately 191,000 European aviation workers have been made redundant by the pandemic.
It was not travel demand increases airports and airlines are too short-staffed to handle the influx.
The airline industry has launched a recruitment drive, but Air Council International, Europe’s airport trade body, predicts delays are unavoidable at two-thirds of European airports this summer.
British Airways was forced to cut 8,000 flights from its schedule from March to October this year, while EasyJet cut its schedule by about 40 flights a day for the rest of June.
Airports are also feeling the heat. security delays in Dublin Airportamsterdam schiphol Airport, and Manchester Airport have caused enormous disruption to thousands of travellers.