No sooner has the New Year holiday passed that strikes are being called in Spain, Italy and Germany.
Now that the Christmas and New Year break are over, hostilities have resumed across Europe between aviation workers and their employers. The first major strike of the year has already hit thousands of passengers, the Independent newspaper reports, with more to follow.
Security workers at Berlin’s Tegel Airport walked off the job between 05:00 and 08.45 this morning – a peak period for outbound departures.
The resulting cancellations are hampering air travel throughout the rest of the day, with Lufthansa and its Eurowings subsidiary reported to be hardest hit across Germany and beyond.
International services to Copenhagen as well as to Paris, Basel, Zurich and Vienna are among those cancelled.
Meanwhile, Ryanair is having to deal with more disruptions to its network, with cabin crew in Spain walking out on January 8, 10 and 13 over employment conditions.
In Spain, however, the law demands a minimum level of operations, in which all domestic flights and 35% of international services must go ahead as normal. The carrier promises a full schedule of flights for today at least.
And in Italy, flight controllers plan to strike for four hours on January 11, from 13:00 to 17:00, with only overflights and incoming intercontinental flights unaffected.
In related news, flights across Europe have been cancelled today and tomorrow due to poor weather. KLM has axed as many as 159 round-trip flights at its Amsterdam Schiphol hub for Tuesday with only one runway open.
“Runway capacity is expected to be highly restricted,” the Dutch flag carrier warns. Passengers can rebook via the KLM website.
At the other end of Europe, Finnair is axing some domestic flights and one Brussels flight today due to bad weather conditions and expected heavy snowfall in Helsinki.