If you were planning to travel this weekend, you will have to arrive earlier. Or give up on your projects. Several European unions of hostesses and stewards are calling for a strike next weekend in France, Spain, Belgium, Italy and Portugal for the payment of overtime and to denounce the deterioration of working conditions which has accelerated since the pandemic.
A social movement which adds to another problem: after the Covid-19 crisis, airlines, such as Easyjet for example, are forced to cancel flights due to lack of staff. And some travelers are already faced with these cancellations, even before the summer period.
Like Eloise, who should have woken up in Budapest, this Friday, June 24. But this long-planned weekend with friends in the Hungarian capital came to an end. The 21-year-old student is still in Paris: her flight with the British low-cost airline, EasyJet, was canceled just hours before departure.
“I have too much seum, I say it honestly! Around 4am, I received an email telling me that my flight was cancelled, although it was supposed to leave at 1pm. I looked for tickets. There was nothing. I called EasyJet customer service who told me they had a technical problem so they couldn’t find other flights for me. The problem is that I had booked accommodation, a return flight on another airline… So in the end, I had to cancel everything. We stay at home, what!“, regrets Eloise.
In total, it is therefore 200 euros lost, and no real explanation for his canceled flight. Although it seems that the young woman was not alone in this case in the face of the number of flights already canceled or delayed, to avoid congestion in airports, and began to warn travelers.
“The strikes will be repeated”
Preventive cancellations to avoid chaos in the terminals for major holiday departures. Guest on franceinfo, Friday June 24, Christelle Auster, the president of the National Union of Commercial Aircrew (SNPNC), which represents the hostesses and stewards of most airlines, also warned: “The strikes will be repeated, we will continue all summer if necessary“, asking “the application of labor law and the payment of overtime“.
A new reservation, a transfer to another flight or a refund will be offered to the travelers concerned, indicates the company.