Simon Calder outlines customer rights after EasyJet cancellations
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Passengers booked onto easyJet flights could be disappointed as strike action threatens the airline’s entire weekend flight timetable to and from Spain. Some 450 cabin crew members are expected to be taking part in today’s strikes, which will continue throughout the duration of the weekend. The budget airline has said that it will strive to “keep disruption to a minimum” while the industrial action unfolds, but how can you tell if your flight has been affected? Here’s a full list of disrupted departures from Barcelona, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca airports today.
Which flights have been affected by easyJet strikes?
The striking easyJet staff are based in Barcelona, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca – all of which are major hotspots for British holidaymakers.
EasyJet departures and arrivals – Malaga airport
According to the official Malaga airport departure board, the following easyJet flights have been delayed or cancelled today:
- 2.45pm to Paris (CDG) – U23956 delayed
- 8.15pm to London Gatwick (LGW) – U23956 delayed
- 8.45pm to London Gatwick (LGW) – U26472 delayed
- 1.15pm from Southend (SEN) – U27435 delayed
- 1.55pm from Birmingham (BHX) – U27441 delayed
- 4.45pm from London Luton (LTN) – U22407 delayed
- 7.30pm from London Gatwick (LGW) – U28609 delayed
- 8.05pm from London Gatwick (LGW) – U26471 delayed
EasyJet departures and arrivals – Barcelona airport
According to the official Barcelona airport departure board, the following easyJet flights have been delayed or cancelled today:
- 12.05pm to Berlin (SXF) – U24530 delayed
- 12.30pm to Naples (NAP) – EC4862 delayed
- 1pm to Paris (CDG) – U23920 cancelled
- 2.45pm to Geneva (GVA) – EC1406 delayed
- 12.20pm from London Gatwick (LGW) – U28569 delayed
- 2pm from Belfast (BFS) – U26671 delayed
- 2.45pm from London Gatwick (LGW) – U28573 delayed
- 4.25pm from Geneva (GVA) – U21407 delayed
- 5.30pm from Paris (CDG) – U23919 cancelled
- 6.05pm from Berlin (BER) – U24529 delayed
- 7.55pm from London Gatwick (LGW) – U28577 delayed
- 10.20pm from Paris (CDG) – U2391 cancelled
- 10.20pm from Geneva (GVA) – U21409 delayed
EasyJet departures and arrivals – Palma de Mallorca airport
According to the official Palma de Mallorca airport departure board, the following easyJet flights have been delayed or cancelled today:
- 3.15pm to Palma to Geneva (GVA) – U21516 delayed
- 12.40pm from London Gatwick (LGW) – U28621 cancelled
- 1.35pm from Berlin (BER) – U25805 delayed
- 2.45pm from Milan (LIN) – U22751 delayed
- 6.55pm from Berlin (BER) – U25815 delayed
- 8.30pm from London Gatwick (LGW) – U26447 cancelled
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Why are easyJet staff in Spain striking?
According to the USO union, Spanish crew are paid substantially less than their European counterparts and are striking to get a fairer deal.
Last month, Union secretary Miguel Galan shared that his members want the “same working conditions” easyJet staff enjoy in France and Germany, and will continue to push until this happens.
He said: “Currently, easyJet cabin crew members in Spain have a base salary of €950, which is €850 less than our colleagues in France or Germany.
“Spain has the lowest base salary for its crew of all easyJet bases in Europe. If you fly many hours, you pay the bills, but at the cost of reducing rest time and flying more hours.”
When will the strikes end?
In total, nine days of strikes will take place throughout July, having started on the weekend of July 1- July 3.
Today marks the second phase of the three 72-hour walk-outs, but when will the other strikes take place?
The exact dates that easyJet cabin crew in Spain have planned to strike are:
- Friday, July 15
- Saturday, July 16
- Sunday, July 17
- Friday, July 20
- Saturday, July 30
- Sunday, July 31
The airline has criticised the timing of the strikes, which have hit while the aviation sector is under huge pressure, and is struggling to cope with the demand for post-pandemic foreign travel.
EasyJet said it hoped the firm could “continue constructive dialogue” with unions over pay.
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