Easter is one of those times of the year where thousands of people travel to spend time with their loved ones. And if you are among those traveling to their families, keep in mind that flight disruptions might occur. More travelers mean higher demand, but that’s not the only possible problem that might cause delays.
Strikes and walkouts in Spain and Italy might disturb many passengers during the Easter holiday season.
The beginning of the issues might come earlier than expected. Security staff at Madrid airport belonging to the ATES union is threatening to start their action on the 12th of April. The indefinite strike is said to be a fight over pay and rosters.
The ground staff belonging to the Union Sindical Obrera and Union General de Trabajadores is planning a one-day walkout on Easter Sunday, the 21st, and 24th of April. By Spanish law, unions have to abide by “minimum services” regulations, the strike will hit all Spanish, possibly disrupting hundreds of flights.
While usually strike action focuses on a single model of transportation at a time, this time things are slightly different.
Workers at Adif (the infrastructure operator), working on Spain’s railways, are planning to go on a strike on the 17th of April and after that, on the 23rd of April, train drivers working for Renfe, the main Spanish train operator, are going on a planned strike, after failing to reach an agreement at the Spanish conciliation service.
On top of that, a strike is planned at the Barcelona Metro on the 29th of April, meaning more issues for locals and visitors.
Italy is also about to have some labor action. On the 13th of April Alitalia staff will strike for 24 hours and some workers at the two main Milan airports, Linate and Malpensa, will stop working as well.
Passengers should be mindful of the possible disruptions and follow the situation online. It is important to watch out for any updates by airports and airlines.
According to the EC 261/2004 Regulation, strikes by the airport staff are an extraordinary circumstance, out of the airline’s control, so no compensation can be claimed. But even during this kind of flight disruptions passengers have their rights, airlines need to take care of their customers.
But if the disruption is not caused by the strike, but by a technical, staffing issue, etc., passengers are entitled to compensations and can reach out to Skycop for help. You flight – our fight!