Flights cancelled due to European strikesYour rights if your flight is cancelled

13 November 2012


UK flights to Spain and the Canary Islands, Greece, Portugal and Italy face disruption from a general strike scheduled for Wednesday 14 November.

EasyJet has cancelled 26 flights, including Gatwick services to Madrid (pictured), Barcelona and Athens and other services are experiencing delays. British Airways has cancelled 10 return services between London and cities in Spain and Portugal, and Iberia and TAP Portugal services are subject to delays and cancellations. Eurostar services also face disruption. 

The walkout has been called by the European Trade Union Confederation in protest against austerity measures.

Passengers planning to travel in the next few days are advised to check with their airlines for any updates.

Refunds for cancelled flights

If your flight is , you must be offered a full refund or rerouting to your final destination. You are also entitled to phone calls, refreshments and accommodation if you are stuck at the airport overnight.

If the flight is , the airline must offer you meals and/or refreshments, depending on how long the flight is delayed for. If it is a lengthy delay, the airline may have to give you accommodation and transport to the hotel.

Compensation and insurance 

You are unlikely to be able to claim compensation for delays or cancellations, as strikes are normally classed as extraordinary circumstances beyond an airline's control.

You may be able to claim on your travel insurance as some do provide cover for events such as strikes or civil unrest. Check our guide to insurers providing cover for unexpected events.

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