Air traffic controllers to strike today and tomorrow

29 January 2014

Bad news if you’re going to Europe with BA, Ryanair or Easyjet– Italian and Portuguese air traffic controllers are downing tools, leaving you stranded on the tarmac in a big orange glorified bus with wings.


Easyjet have warned of ‘significant impact’ to their flights, and Ryanair have cancelled 80 flights from today – but only 4 of them are in and out of the UK.

But the air traffic controllers are at least trying to be a bit democratic about their strike this time, and have drawn up a very helpful schedule. Italian air traffic control are on strike between 1pm and 5 pm local time, while Portuguese air traffic control are on strike between 7am and 9am and 2pm until 4pm local time. (Gives them a bit of time to go to the shops and have a coffee, etc.)

On their website, Easyjet has promised to let you know flight developments via email, and customers can check their online Flight Tracker. Some flights to Lisbon and Milan Malpensa have been re-scheduled to avoid the strike times.

Meanwhile, BA said: 'We have re-timed a number of flights and are using larger aircraft where possible to help more customers from cancelled flights fly to where they need to be. We are advising customers on short-haul services to keep checking the very latest information on our website as the nature of the industrial action may change throughout the day.’

Anyway, if you’re Italy or Portugal-bound today or tomorrow, good luck, and don’t forget to bring your bumper book of Sudoku for the long wait.

TOPICS:   Travel   Consumer Advice

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