Dozens of flights were canceled or delayed this Saturday (2) at several airports in Europe due to the stoppage of workers at Ryanair and EasyJet, in Spain, and SAS, in Denmark. A strike by firefighters working at airports in France also affects flights.
The stoppage of the two categories is for better wages and working conditions. As reported by the G1, this Saturday (2) there were fifteen flights canceled and 175 postponed at Madrid airport. In France, the firefighters’ strike affected 20% of flights that have Paris as their origin or destination.
According to the EFE Agency, Lisbon airport (Portugal) had almost 30 flights canceled due to the limitations of several European airports, according to information from ANA- Aeroportos de Portugal.
Ryanair and EasyJet are low cost airlines. The mobilization of the crew coincided with the end of the school year in Europe and the summer vacation, a period of great demand for flights. Queues have formed at several airports and there are reports of lost luggage.
The strike by Ryanair’s crew in Spain – where the company has around 1,900 employees – began on June 24 and that of EasyJet on Friday (1). The airport union said Ryanair employees are planning stoppages in three more four-day periods: from 12 to 15 July, from 18 to 21 July and from 25 to 28 July at the ten Spanish airports where the Irish company operates. . EasyJet workers announced strikes during the first three weekends of July.
A thousand SAS airline pilots are on strike until Monday (4). They demand better working conditions. The stoppage will affect passengers from Sweden, Norway and Denmark. It is estimated that each day of strike, 30 thousand passengers are affected, according to the union of the category.
At Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, the suspension and delay of flights is due to the strike of firefighters working in the security system. The strike, for better wages, began on Thursday (30). The strike forced the airport authorities to reduce the number of runways, as a precaution.
Between 7 am and 2 pm local time, this Saturday (2), one in five flights with Paris as the origin or destination was cancelled, according to the airport operator.
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