BRITS are bracing for a summer of travel carnage with MORE journeys cancelled amid Europe-wide strikes.
Thousands of holidays are in jeopardy as sunseekers are warned walkouts in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal, France and Belgium will make this summer “catastrophic”.
The action will turn the screws on families desperate for a hard-earned break after weeks of misery at airports across the country.
Pictures taken at Bristol, Heathrow and Gatwick airports – among others – showed huge snaking queues as Brits raced to check in on time.
The Belgian strike was the most recently announced and will take place from Friday until Sunday.
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It was organised to coincide with the Portuguese and Spanish strikes, both of which will happen at the same time.
A further three-day strike is also planned in Spain for next weekend, running from June 30 until July 2.
Ryanair staff are on strike in France today and tomorrow.
Meanwhile in Italy, the walk-out started this morning and will last for 24 hours.
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UK Ryanair crew have not voted to strike, but the action will still affect the thousands of Brits hoping to head to Europe this weekend.
Meanwhile, on-board crew at easyJet in Spain will ALSO strike for nine days in July.
Airline staff who belong to the Spanish USO union announced they’ll form picket lines after easyJet confirmed 11,000 flights would be axed from its summer schedules.
The strikes, three 72-hour stoppages at fortnightly intervals from July 1, would mean hundreds of crew stop work at easyJet’s bases in Barcelona, Málaga and Palma.
Workers will walk out in three phases across the month – between the 1st and 3rd, between the 15th and 17th, and finally between the 29th and 31st
And budget French airline Volotea and easyJet will launch a 24-hour strike in Italy scheduled for today.
Flight attendants and pilots working for Malta Air and CrewLink in Italy will also stop working on June 25.
It was last night revealed that thousands MORE more British Airways staff could go on strike.
Some 16,000 BA workers are threatening to join 700 Heathrow Airport check-in staff in a planned walk-out.
The workers, all of whom are based at Heathrow and are members of the GMB and Unite unions, could down tools as early as July 8.
A Ryanair spokesperson has sought to dispel fears of widespread disruption.
They told Sun Online Travel: “Ryanair has negotiated collective agreements covering 90 per cent of our people across Europe.
“In recent months we have been negotiating improvements to those agreements as we work through the Covid recovery phase.
“Those negotiations are going well and we do not expect widespread disruption this summer.
“Over this weekend, Ryanair expects minimal – if any – disruption to its flight schedules as a result of these very minor and poorly supported work stoppages.”
The hol hell that could affect you this summer:
- yanair employees are due to strike in Belgium and Portugal from June 24–26, in France from June 25–26, in Italy on June 25, and in Spain from June 24–26, and from June 30-July 2
- Pilots and flight attendants from easyJet, MaltAir and CrewLink, as well as Ryanair, will walk out in Italy on June 25
- Pilots from Norway, Sweden and Denmark working for Scandinavian airline SAS could carry out coordinated strike action on June 29
- 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
- EasyJet cabin crew will strike in Spain between July 1-3
- German flag carrier Lufthansa will cancel up to 1,000 flights on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July
- EasyJet cabin crew in Spain may walk out again between July 15-17 and between July 29-31
- Hundreds of BA check-in and ground staff at Heathrow have voted to strike in July or August. BA operates from terminals 3 and 5 at the airport and disruption is likely
There may be some problems in France, Italy and Spain as a result of a two-day strike in the French Air Traffic Control centre in Marseille.
Heathrow passengers are among those to face particular misery so far this summer after the hub cancelled ten per cent of its plane journeys earlier this week.
There has been no issue with flights in Italy, Spain, Portugal, UK, France or Ireland.
It’s feared there’ll be a “summer of discontent” that could paralyse the travel industry throughout the summer.
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Even those who plan to holiday in the UK will face challenges.
There are fears militant rail unions are already drawing up plans for a crippling second wave of strikes in just two weeks.