Strike disruption to easyJet flights today

By , August 17, 2012 10:25 am
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Passengers traveling to and from France and Portugal with easyJet are at risk from strike disruption today.

In Portugal, easyJet have advised passengers departing on flights from Porto today to check in online wherever possible because of strikes by ground handling staff at Porto and Faro airports

Whilst in France pilots are starting their second day of a three day strike which has been called over a pay dispute.  French unions have called pilots out on strike from easyJet bases at Paris Roissy, Paris Orly, Lyon , Toulouse and Nice.

EasyJet managed to operate an almost full schedule on the first day of the strike (Wednesday) by drafting in pilots from other bases.

EasyJet have stated today  “We are confident all flights to and from France will operate as scheduled.” It warned of “a small risk there might be some late-notice disruption to flights”.

Hopefully any disruption to flights today caused by these strikes will be kept to a minimum and those people who are affected will only experience a small delay.

However, if you are worried about the prospect of strike action causing flight delays to your holiday plans you should buy travel insurance as soon as you have booked your holiday.

So long as you have bought travel insurance and booked your holiday before any strike dates are announced you should be covered under the Travel Delay section of your travel insurance policy if your flight is delayed by strike action.

Travel delay is usually a fixed benefit to help with additional expenses such as food and drink whilst you are waiting at the airport.

Plus, if you are experience a delay of over 12 or 24 hours you may also have the option to ‘abandon’
your holiday and make a claim for the cost.

If you don’t buy travel insurance until after a strike has been announced you will not be
covered.

This is one good reason why it pays to buy travel insurance as soon as you book your holiday.

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