Strikes in several countries
On these days, there is a risk of flight cancellations and delays at BER
This summer there could be various flight cancellations and delays at BER. This is also due to strikes at several airlines in countries such as Spain and Italy. Strike dates are also in the summer holidays.
The staff of several airlines have announced warning strikes for the coming weeks. The British airlines Easyjet and Ryanair are particularly affected, and work is also to be partially stopped at the Scandinavian airline SAS.
Machines from the three companies also take off and land at BER – this could affect air traffic in the region in the coming weeks. Several popular travel destinations are affected.*
At Easyjet and Ryanair, the cabin crew want to use the strikes to get better pay and better working conditions. At the SAS, the captains are pursuing the same goal, and negotiations between the pilots’ association and the airline recently failed.
Just this week, the airline Eurowings had to cancel several flights at BER due to a lack of staff.
Strikes at Ryanair this weekend
In June, the cabin crew plans to Ryanair to lay down the work. The following strikes have been announced in several countries, especially next weekend.
- Belgium: June 24th to 26th
- France: June 25th and 26th
- Italy: 25th June
- Portugal: June 24th to 26th
- Spain: June 24th to 26th and June 30th to July 2nd
On these dates, the staff stationed in the respective country is scheduled to go on strike. The exact effects on the BER flight plan are therefore not yet foreseeable. Popular travel destinations such as Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca or Rome would be affected.
Easyjet wants to keep the flight plan – as of now
The cabin crews of Easyjet strike in July only in Spain. A total of nine strike days over three weekends are planned:
- 1st to 3rd July | July 15-17 | July 29-31
As of now, the British airline is optimistic: “Should the industrial action take place, there may be disruptions. But at this point in time, Easyjet is planning to fully implement the flight plan,” a company spokeswoman told the British newspaper “Guardian”.
Easyjet flies to Spanish destinations such as Barcelona, Fuerteventura, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca from BER.
Length of strike at SAS unclear
With the Scandinavian airline SAS the captains want from next Wednesday, the June 29th to go on strike – the end is open. SAS planes to and from Copenhagen and Stockholm take off and land at BER.
Aviation industry suffers from staff shortages
The announced strikes come at a time when the airline industry in Europe is already struggling: Due to a persistent shortage of staff, there were already many delays and cancellations of flights on the Pentecost weekend. An end to the tight staff situation is currently not foreseeable.
In an NDR report on the subject, a Verdi spokeswoman explains that not all companies in the industry increased their short-time work allowance during the Corona period. People could therefore have looked around for other jobs and would now be gone for the time being.
* The exact failures and possible delays in the data concerned have not yet been communicated. Please contact your airline in good time if you could be affected by the cancellations or disruptions.
Broadcast: rbb24 Brandenburg aktuell, July 1st, 2022, 7:30 p.m