easyJet has issued a warning for British tourists travelling to Italy this weekend. Holidaymakers could be affected by strike action.
The airline posted on its website: “We have been advised of national strike action in Italy on May 19 affecting critical ground handling services.
“We expect there may be some delays and some disruption due to industrial action, therefore we advise all customers to check the status of their flight.”
easyJet recommends passengers check the status of their flight on the airline’s Flight Tracker app or website.
It added: “Although this situation is out of our control, we would like to apologise to any affected passengers for the inconvenience caused.”
Passengers with a cancelled flight will be contacted directly by the airline either by text or by email.
easyJet has said it advises passengers with cancelled flights to transfer their flights free of charge or request a refund.
Workers represented by a range of unions are scheduled to take part in the strike action on May 19.
Airlines including Emirates, American Airlines, Volotea or Air Dolomiti could be impacted by the industrial action.
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There is also set to be a 24 hour general strike on May 26 in Italy which is likely to affect public transport.
British tourists should leave more time for their journeys and expect disruption on trams, metros and buses.
Holidaymakers have already been hit by strike action across Europe this year with the chaos unlikely to end soon.
Ongoing protests over the French pension reform plan have caused disruption across France, including to flights.
Trade unions have called for a nationwide day of protests on June 6 which could cause public transport disruption.
Air traffic control in France have been taking part in strike action since March with thousands of passengers affected.
Even if the flight doesn’t take off or land in France, the plane’s journey could be impacted if air traffic control isn’t running in the country.
Ryanair has said that during the first four months of the year, air traffic control strikes led to more than 3,700 cancelled flights.
Spain could also be hit by airline and airport strikes this summer, which could spoil holidays for thousands of Britons.
The Spanish Airline Pilots Union (Sepla) has announced fresh strike action from May 22-26 with several more dates planned for later in the year.
The action is part of a protest against the Spanish Government’s ‘minimum services law’ which can impact strike action.
During a strike, at least 90 percent of flights are required to still go ahead, minimising the impact of any action.
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