Travel strikes in Europe: Flight and train disruption you can expect in February

Travel strikes in Europe: Flight and train disruption you can expect in February

When, where and what disruption you can expect.


Strikes are a regular occurrence in Europe, as workers stop work to fight for better pay and conditions.

Walks are sometimes planned months in advance, but others are announced at the last minute, showing that it’s always worth checking before you travel.

Luckily, we’ve gathered all the strike information together below.

Read on to find out where and when the walkouts are happening.

If your flight or train is canceled or delayed, you will be entitled to a new ticket or compensation. Read our guide for full details.

Spain: Strikes are expected to disrupt train travel throughout February

Rail travel across Spain will be severely disrupted this month as staff call in February**.**

The first industrial action called by the Spanish trade union CCOO began on February 9 with a 23-hour stoppage resulting in the cancellation of 310 long- and medium-distance Renfe trains, including high-speed AVE trains.

A further 330 long-distance trains and 641 medium-distance services have also been axed.

There is still a skeleton service running, which Spain’s Ministry of Transport confirms is a legal obligation, which is likely to reduce the number of cancellations.

Another of Spain’s main unions, the UGT, has confirmed nationwide partial stoppages for 2-hour periods every Monday this month, affecting transport in February 12, 19 and 26.

Both the UGT and the CCOO have also called for layoffs February 16 and 17 on Rodalies of Catalonia trains between 7 and 9 a.m. and 3 and 5 p.m.

The unions say the strikes were called after a 35-hour work week at rail infrastructure manager Adif and the elimination of income categories at Renfe was not carried out.

Italy: National rail strike to affect long-distance and regional travel

Rail transport in Italy will face severe disruptions February 12 while employees of the state-owned railway company Trenitalia and Trenord as well as the private long-distance operator Italo leave.

The strikes will affect all types of rail services including long-distance and regional trains for eight hours from 9am to 5pm.

The stoppage was called last month by two of Italy’s main transport unions CUB and SGB to protest working conditions and recent proposals to privatize the rail sector.

According to national law, there will be a minimum number of services (essential services) guaranteed during strike hours.

UK: London Underground staff call multi-day strike

London’s overground attacks will take place on February 19-20 AND March 4-5the RMT union announced.

The 48-hour walkouts by security, station, revenue and control staff come after RMT members rejected a below-inflation pay offer.


Members of the Aslef union called strikes and an overtime ban earlier this month.

The layoffs affected several different operators, including Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, West Midlands Trains, GTR, LNER, Southeastern, SWR and TransPennine Trains.

Train drivers are in a long-running dispute over pay, which they say has not risen in five years.

France: Seven-month strike notice could hit Paris Olympics

Disruption is expected on the Ile-de-France bus and metro network after the CGT-RATP has announced a seven-month strike notice from February 5 to September 9.

Workers at the state-owned public transport company say they are walking out over pay. The attacks could strike during the 2024 Paris Olympics if a deal is not reached.


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