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What can holidaymakers claim when they do not fly because of a strike?

7 September, 2022

Situations at European airports this summer have prompted thousands of passengers to file complaints, mainly about flights suspended with less than 14 hours' notice and delays of more than 3 hours on arrival at their destination, which in many cases was Spain.

These incidents are sometimes not even communicated to passengers, or are communicated to them on the same day of the flight, leaving them in a situation of complete helplessness, having in some cases to find, by their own means, an alternative way to reach their destination. In these cases, in addition to compensation, they can claim back their expenses caused by the total lack of attention on behalf of the airline.

In particular, airlines are obliged to pay compensation to passengers whose flights have been cancelled due to strikes by airline staff, with Ryanair and easyJet standing out among them this summer. However, on a large percentage of occasions, they have to go to court to get their money back.

Passengers affected by an airline staff strike will be able to claim non-refundable expenses resulting from the cancellation of their flight, e.g. nights in a hotel or concerts they have missed due to the strike.