Find out if your Ryanair flight is affected by the strikes
Chaos has taken hold at airports across the globe with mass flight cancellations and queues lasting hours.
The delays are predicted to continue for months, with airlines struggling to cope with the demand, with some experts saying holidays could be in jeopardy for the next two years.
And now, Ryanair staff are going on strike – adding yet more travel disruptions.
But is your flight affected, and why are staff striking?
Here is everything you need to know.
When are the Ryanair strikes?
Cabin crew working for Ryanair in Spain will take part in two separate three-day strikes.
These will take place from June 24 to June 26, and from June 30 to July 2.
Although UK Ryanair staff have not announced any strike action, the strikes could affect flights to and from Spain.
Despite assurances that they expect no widespread disruption, Ryanair has previously had to cancel hundreds of flights due to industrial action from its staff.
If you’re jetting off to Spain for the summer, you can check if your flight is affected using Ryanair’s online flight tracker.
All you need to do is enter your carrier, flight number, and the date you are set to depart to check the latest status.
If your flight has been affected by any disruption, you will receive an email and SMS notification from Ryanair.
A growing dispute over pay and working conditions has led to the strike action, the Unión Sindical Obrera (USO) union has confirmed.
The general secretary of USO’s Ryanair section, Lidia Arasanz, said: ‘We have to resume mobilisation so that the reality of our situation is known and Ryanair is forced to abide by basic labour laws.’
The action comes after Ryanair walked away from talks with labour organisations USO and Sindicato Independiente de Tripulantes de Cabina de Pasajeros de Líneas Aéreas (SITCPLA) last week, Bloomberg reports.
Ryanair said that ‘negotiations are going well’ and played down the upcoming disruptions, with a spokesperson saying: ‘Ryanair has negotiated collective agreements covering 90% of our people across Europe.
‘In recent months we have been negotiating improvements to those agreements as we work through the Covid recovery phase.
‘Those negotiations are going well and we do not expect widespread disruption this summer.’
USO and SITCPLA have also said that they are in conversation with five other unions in Belgium, France, Italy and Portugal over proposed strikes if talks continue to stall.
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