AA Travel Insurance has confirmed that travellers affected by the BAA strike action, which could lead to UK airport closures over the peak August Bank Holiday, are covered on their AA travel insurance policies for abandonment or delay, provided the cover was taken out and the holiday booked before the strike action was announced.
“Following the ash cloud earlier this year, this latest strike action has the potential to cause even more risk and disruption to holidaymakers and the air travel business as a whole. Strikes such as this will always cause misery for passengers and airlines alike.”
Passenger fears over a potential strike by Spanish air traffic controllers have been –temporarily – allayed following a USCA announcement. However, the threat of industrial action in the post-holiday season remains, as the Spanish government battles to cut costs in the face of a spiralling deficit.
In a move which could cause chaos over the peak summer season, members of the Spanish Union of Air Traffic Controllers have voted to strike over proposals to reduce pay. Reports of controllers earning nearly €1m caused a scandal earlier this year, as Spain introduces austerity measures to cut the national deficit.
ACAS hosted talks between British Airways and Unite aimed at ended the industrial dispute between the two sides have ended without agreement in London. However, hopes of a potential deal were raised, with the two sides agreeing to meet again next week.
As Greek national finances continue to recover after the financial storm, the tourism industry is coming under fresh pressure from a terrorist group called Sect of Revolutionaries. With strikes also sweeping the country, tour operators have begun cutting prices in a last ditch effort to attract visitors.
The spectre of strike action loomed over British Airways again today, as members of the Unite union voted in favour of industrial action.
“We are delighted for our customers that the threat of a Christmas strike has been lifted by the court.”
All peak-time rail services in south Wales ran unaffected this morning despite the strike action. 95% of the trains arrived on time, bringing thousands of passengers to their destinations safely.
Network Rail is assuring passengers that strike action, scheduled to take place in south Wales next week, will have minimal effect on rail services. The busy south Wales main line will remain open for business and train services will run as normal on the six days.
After three days of talks this week to prevent strike action on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 August, an agreement has not been reached with the trade unions.
Passengers struggling to get into work today on National Express services will no doubt be wishing that, rather than face the prospect of two days of strikes by rail unions, they had gone on holiday