Warning for Britons to 5 European countries this weekend, including Spain and Portugal, as strikes will cancel flights

SUNSEEKERS looking for an early summer holiday should BE UP this weekend, as Britons traveling to these five countries have been warned about holiday chaos.

Another set of strikes will hit UK airports on Saturday and Sunday, after one of Europe’s best low-cost airlines announced a mass withdrawal yesterday.

Ryanair passengers are facing serious disruption this weekend after strikes were announced on Tuesday


Ryanair passengers are facing serious disruption this weekend after strikes were announced on TuesdayCredit: Getty

Trade unions representing Ryanair’s cabin crew in Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain will go on strike this weekend, ahead of EasyJet’s nine-day withdrawal in Spain next month.

The staff goes beyond the working conditions and claims that the airline does not respect the laws on rest time.

And the cabin crew also wants a raise, after years of having been paid the minimum wage.

The devastating announcement follows rail chaos across the UK this week, forcing commuters to face four-hour delays when 80% of train services were canceled.

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The biggest RMT strike in 30 years continues tomorrow and Saturday – and now the British have little hope of a slight sunshine escape.

Rynair’s move is not the first time the airline caused holiday chaos this year, as a walkout 12-13. June already forced 40 flights to be canceled.

This weekend, Ryanair employees in Portugal and Belgium plan to strike from Friday, while the other countries go out on Saturday.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has been dismissive of the strikes.

He said earlier this month in Belgium: “We operate two and a half thousand aircraft every day.

“Most of these flights will continue to operate even if there is a strike in Spain by a Mickey Mouse union or if the Belgian cabin crews’ unions want to strike over here.”

A spokeswoman for Ryanair said they have collective workplace agreements in place that cover 90 percent of European employees and are in talks to improve working conditions.

She added: “We do not expect extensive disruption this summer.

“These minority union strikes are not supported by our crews.”

Chaos has hit British airports since air travel picked up again after lifting Covid-19 restrictions.

Many airlines that had to lay off employees during the pandemic are struggling to re-employ enough workers – so understaffed flights are canceled.

Britons have faced delays of several hours, miles of security and check-in queues, last-minute cancellations and huge baggage confusion.

Last weekend, hundreds of suitcases piled up at Heathrow Airport when passengers were told they could be without their belongings for up to two days.

And families have been reduced to tears by days of waiting in airport terminals that ruined their vacation.

An eight-year-old girl, earlier this month, sobbed after a 32-hour delay for the family’s £ 8,000 TUI holiday.

Ryanair’s low – cost rival EasyJet is also facing nine days of strikes through July at airports in Barcelona, ​​Malaga and Palma de Mallorca.

Spanish EasyJet cabin crew have the lowest salary of the airline’s European bases, with a base salary of 950 euros per month, the union said on Tuesday.

So Spanish unions urged cabin crew to go out from June 24 to July 2 to ensure their “basic labor rights” and “decent working conditions for all employees.”

But a spokeswoman for EasyJet said “if the combat operation goes ahead, we will expect some disruption in our flight program” and “we would like to assure customers that we will do everything we can to minimize any disruption.”

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On Monday, the European Transport Workers’ Federation urged “passengers not to blame the workers for the disasters at the airports, the canceled flights, the long queues and longer check-in times, and lost luggage or delays caused by decades of business.” greed and removal of decent jobs in the sector ».

The union said it expected “the chaos of the aviation sector at the moment will only grow over the summer as workers are pushed to the brink”.