Spanish Air Strike: easyJet and Ryanair Issue Advisories

All passengers must check flight status before leaving for the airport if Spanish air strike goes ahead

UPDATE: the planned strike has been averted. See the article on GoTimeshare.org for more information:

easyJet is warning passengers to check their flight status given uncertainty over flying due to the Spanish air strike threat, before they leave for the airport and have said they will transfer passengers to an alternative flight to the same destination free of charge, all of which can be done at www.easyjet.com

Passengers who did not book their flights through the website, however, should request a flight rebooking by calling the call centre on 0871 244 23661.

Refunds may also be an option, although if flights were originally booked through travel agents, the flight cost must be claimed back through that agency.

A statement on the Ryanair website, www.ryanair.com, the airline says:

“If a Ryanair flight is cancelled and no suitable alternative flight is available, or you have advised Ryanair about your decision not to continue your journey; we will process a refund of all monies paid in respect of the unused flight sectors on your reservation back to the form of payment used to pay for the original booking.

"Ryanair does not provide monetary compensation, pursuant under Article 7 of EU Regulation 261/2004 for flights that are delayed or cancelled for reasons beyond Ryanair’s control (extraordinary circumstances). As per the regulation such circumstances may, in particular, occur in cases of political instability, meteorological conditions incompatible with the operation of the flight concerned, security risks, unexpected flight safety problems and strikes that affect the operation of an operating air carrier."

A spokesman for The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) said, "Last year the air traffice controllers threatened to strike in August and it didn’t happen. The 18th of August is a long way away although of course it is the busiest season and our most popular destination. Striking around this time has proved a very good negotiating tactic for traffic controllers."

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