What to Know About Travel Strikes in Europe in July

Strikes by workers are anticipated to disrupt tourist destinations across Europe during the peak summer travel season.

In July, Belgium, England, France, Italy, Germany, Scotland, Spain, and even Sweden will be impacted.

Workers in France are still protesting the government’s decision to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64. Therefore the situation is fluid. Travellers should stay abreast of the most recent travel warnings and news items, as protests and strikes have occurred in the exact location for months.

Trains, boats and metros across Italy will be unavailable for 24 hours on July 7 due to a strike by public transport workers. That’s only the beginning, though. Trenitalia, the government rail operator, and Italo, the private rail business, will have workers on strike for 23 hours on July 13.

Travellers should also anticipate delays on July 7 due to walkouts by ground employees at airports like Rome Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa, and Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci.

It is believed that travel will be much more difficult on July 15 due to a 24-hour strike scheduled by ENAV, Italy’s primary air traffic control corporation.

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Critical strikes are being planned by Unite the Union at Glasgow Airport in Scotland in response to the airport’s most recent pay offer. The staff shortage may negatively impact services for people with disabilities during the 24-hour walkouts scheduled for July 6 and July 11.

Birmingham Airport in England has roughly one hundred workers chosen to go on strike over salary. Passengers may have higher wait times beginning July 18 due to a strike called by security guards and technicians, according to Euronews. That’s when strikes might last “indefinitely.”

Wizz, Ryanair, Lufthansa, and Emirates passengers may miss their flights due to security checks and terminal repairs at Birmingham Airport.

Ryanair passengers in Belgium may require assistance this summer.

On July 15 and 16, union members in Belgium are planning to go on strike, led by the Beca Pilots’ Union and two other groups, CNE and ACV Puls.

A union statement states, “We apologise ahead of time to anyone who plans to fly with Ryanair between now and October 2024 and may be affected by these strikes.” But we can’t continue to tolerate Ryanair’s disregard for the norms of civil discourse in Belgium.


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