We always hope your travel will be trouble-free, but there are several strikes and other disruptions to look out for across Europe in the coming weeks.
If you plan to travel during these dates and need advice, read our guide to insurance policies and strike coverage. Additionally, find out what you may be entitled to in terms of compensation if your flight is delayed or otherwise affected.
Here are the strikes to be aware of in the United Kingdom and Europe.
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UK train drivers’ strike
When: Jan. 30-31, Feb. 2-3 and 5
Train drivers who are members of the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen union are set to strike between Jan. 30 and Feb. 5. Different lines are set to be affected on separate days as follows.
- Jan. 30: Southeastern, Southern, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Thameslink, South Western Railway and SWR Island Line
- Jan. 31: Northern Trains and TransPennine Express
- Feb. 2: Greater Anglia, C2C and LNER
- Feb. 3: West Midlands Trains, Avanti West Coast and East Midlands Railway
- Feb. 5: Great Western, CrossCountry and Chiltern
There will not be any strike action by ASLEF on Feb. 1 or Feb. 4.
Finnish airport workers’ strike
When: Feb. 1-2
About 12,000 airport workers who are members of Finland’s Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors plan to stage a 48-hour walkout between Feb. 1 and 2. The planned strike is expected to cause major disruption to flights arriving at and departing from Finland.
In particular, national carrier Finnair is expecting significant disruption and is currently allowing passengers booked to fly between Jan. 31 and Feb. 3 the opportunity to either fly earlier or postpone their trip until March 15.
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Public transport strikes in Germany
When: Feb. 2
Public transport staff members working across bus, tram and metro services who are members of the Verdi union in Germany will stage walkouts Feb. 2 in disputes over staff shortages and working hours.
The strikes come after German train drivers staged their own weeklong strike. Union workers are threatening more “open-ended” strikes across rail networks if an agreement with the affected workers is not met by March 3.
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French transport strike
When: Feb. 5 to Sept. 9
Staff members employed by the state-owned Ile-de-France bus and metro network are due to commence a seven-month strike in early February over pay. If an agreement is not met during this period, the strikes could likely take place during the 2024 Paris Olympics.
One thing worth remembering about strikes is that nothing is certain, and it’s always possible that unions and employers will reach a deal.
However, the current economic crisis is making things difficult for everyone. Workers are struggling through the deepening cost-of-living crisis, and travel companies are desperate to appease shareholders during the coronavirus pandemic. The pressures on both sides of the fence seem unlikely to evaporate anytime soon.
The chances of more strikes are high across the travel sector. Keep an eye on these dates and plan accordingly.