Could your flight be cancelled? Check the dates of summer strikes and disruption

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Holidaymakers face a summer of flight chaos, as British Airways has become the latest airline to announce strike action during the peak holiday period.

Check-in staff and ground crew for the UK flag carrier last week voted to go on strike, with walkouts timed for the start of the summer holidays.

This comes as Ryanair staff walked out last weekend, and easyJet plan strike action through July along with European airlines such as Lufthansa and SAS, over ongoing disputes concerning working conditions and pay.

In recent weeks there has been chaos at airports across the continent unrelated to strike action, as airlines and airports struggle with staff shortages following the pandemic. Thousands of flights from the UK have been cancelled in this period, with easyJet one of the worst-affected airlines and Ryanair one of the least impacted.

And the disruption is set to continue as Gatwick last week opted to cap its flight departures through July and August, a move that will lead to thousands of easyJet flight cancellations during the period.

Below we outline the airline strikes, planned flight cancellations and airport departure capacity limits that have already been announced in the UK and across Europe.

June 29

SAS pilot strike

Pilots from Norway, Sweden and Denmark working for Scandinavian airline SAS could carry out coordinated strike action on June 29. Depending on how negotiations progress, the strike could happen as early as June 24.

July 1–August 31

Gatwick flights capped

Gatwick Airport has capped the number of flight departures during the peak summer season to 825 daily flights in July and 850 in August. This could lead to the cancellation of as many as 10,000 flights this summer, with easyJet likely to be the most-affected airline. A spokesperson for the airline said: “In response to these caps and in order to build additional resilience, easyJet is proactively consolidating a number of flights across affected airports.”

July 1–3

EasyJet cabin crew strike in Spain

Spanish workers for the UK’s biggest airline are in a deadlock with their employer over pay, which could lead to a series of strikes through July. This comes after easyJet has already cancelled thousands of flights this summer due to staff shortages at Gatwick (see above).

July 1–30

Lufthansa cancellations

German flag carrier Lufthansa will cancel up to 1,000 flights on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July, making up around 5 per cent of the airline’s total weekend services. The move is to avoid further disruption due to ongoing staff shortages.

July 15–17

EasyJet cabin crew strike in Spain

The second proposed dates for a cabin crew walkout in Spain.

July 29–31

EasyJet cabin crew strike in Spain

The third proposed dates for a cabin crew walkout in Spain.

Late July–August

British Airways strikes at Heathrow

Hundreds of BA check-in and ground staff at the UK’s biggest airport have voted in favour of walkouts during the peak summer holiday period, in an ongoing dispute over pay. If the strikes go ahead, BA (which operates from terminals 3 and 5) has said it will cover staff shortages, but passengers will still face possible disruption and cancellations, particularly from terminal 5.


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