Travellers flying to or from Spain and Belgium are facing trouble this week as workers from both countries are set to stage walk outs or are in the process of walking out. Statements issued by both Ryanair and Easyjet are warning passengers to check the status of their flights before setting off on their journeys.
Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) in Belgium walked out earlier today leaving large numbers of passengers facing cancelled flights and having to seek out accommodation or alternatives for travelling during the 24 hour strike period. It is currently unclear as to what has prompted the strike action, which occurred without warning and has left airlines struggling to warn passengers and rectify the current situation.
Spanish workers are set to hold a general strike starting at midnight and will affect many flights throughout the 24 hour period, although the airlines cannot offer complete news of which flights are cancelled or running at a limited capacity. It is thought that the majority of flights will be able to reach destinations in Spain, but the strike will affect other infrastructures vital to maintaining a full service to airlines.
Ryanair have stated that they can only accept hand luggage onto Spanish flights during this period, because the third-party baggage handler that the company uses in Spain is likely to take part in the strike action.
Several of our branches, including Malaga Airport and Barcelona Airport have been warned of the situation and will be on hand to help our customers rearrange rentals if required. Everyone at Sixt Rent a Car hopes that those affected get home safely and securely and wish them all the luck with their plans for getting home.