French Air Traffic Control Strikes 2015
Updates for Air France Strike 2015
National Union of Air Traffic Controllers SNCTA
Paris Orly Airport
Watch DGAC blog
Air France 
Charles de Gaulle Airport 

Marseille Bus / Tram Strike
12 January 2015 Marseille bus company RTM has announced a 5 month bus strike/go slow starting tomorrow at peak times. Workers will walk out every day 7 am to 8:30 am and again in the evenings from 5 to 6pm.  RTM is a popular bus to and from Marseille Airport. Strike will not effect subway. Extra traffic on roads, taxi shortages. Strike ends June 30th.
Marseille Airport

Toulouse Metro Strike
Seven month strike announced. Strike will end September 30, 2015.
Strike is over extension of hours on Friday and Saturday’s till 3am and security concerns.
Strike time will be on the extended hours. This is a continuation of the same strike which ended January 31, 2015 which caused random chaos for commuters in am. Meeting to take place March 11. Metro does not go to Toulouse Airport.

Yearly event - March/April Paris and Normandy on smog alert, bring your inhaler.

RER train lines watch out tourist being targeted by thieves.

22 May 2015 Nice bus strike (translator needed) NiceMatin and strike action with trams, buses and subways in Lyon from 7:30 tonight Lyoncapitale
Olympics start 20
Are you flying in and out of JFK? Runway work to take place, spring, summer, September 2015, your flight likely to be delayed
​LAX also has runway repairs going on this summer.

​May 14, 2015 Amtrak rail de-railment between Washington DC and New York.
Car rentals hard to find and airline tickets have increased in price. Delta adding extra flights.

JetBlue to offer direct flights to Cuba from New York - JFK, Friday's starting July 3. In the not to distant future Baja Ferries wil offer the first ferry between US and Cuba.

Allegiant Airline Pilot Strike
Update:-2 May 2015 Latest on Allegiant Air and management. Next talks planned for 18 May  Las Vegas Review Journal
Update:-11 April 2015 talks still at an impasse. All parties get together Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
Update:-April 4, 2015 Government sets date for next talk April 10.
Update- Judge rules for Allegiant, pilots stand down, strike cancelled.
Update:- 1 April, 2015 Knee jerk reaction from pilot union. Allegiant pilots will strike 3 a.m Thursday morning, 2 April 2015. Allegiant management in court trying to get strike deemed illegal

Update:- 1 April, 2015 After two and half years of negotiations situation gets worse as Allegiant will sue pilot union Bloomberg Nice working enviroment..

Update:-Friday, 13th February, 2015 Contingency plans being made. Allegiant will bring in substitute pilot's if needed. Allegiant has little competition for it's routes - not good for you.

Allegiant Airlines pilots vote for strike action. No date set. Issue at National Mediation Board where it can drag on for months and months. 
Here a great article with what's what

​Based in Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
Teamsters Local 1224
Allegiant Airlines

Flights from Key West to Cuba start mid march Miami Herald
American Airlines
AA Mechanics take American Airline to court Forbes
Banned - "Selfie Sticks" in NYC and DC museums.
Sun CountryAirlines
Pilot's have voted for strike action, no date set
Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) funding a strike committee to educate pilots over strike rules and regulations. In November 2014 pilot union began talks with a federal mediator.

National holiday 25th May Whit Monday.

German air traffic control
Update:-21 May, 2015 European air traffic controllers decide not to strike economicTimes
European unions will continue to review the situation monthly.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 Found this little snippet in a Reuters article "European air traffic labour including Germany’s GdF met in Brussels to discuss whether to take industrial action to protest against cost cuts".

German rail strike
21 May 2015 German rail strike is over DB
DB web page
Foreign trains ICETGVEurostar, Eurocity and Austrian Railways 

Regarding Lufthansa Airline pilot strike actions, parties are talking with mediator, no strikes atleast not till the end of July per pilot's.

List of cancelled flights
Pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC)  
Verdi union
​Lufthansa Travel Information

Hamburg Airport
Road works. The most important north-south connectors - construction of the A7 Bordesholm - South of Hamburg Airport delays.

Spanish bank holiday's:- August 15, 2015, October 12, November 1, December 6 and 8. Of course Christmas Day which is on a Friday in 2015.

Announced today, Wednesday 27 May, 2015 Spanish air traffic controllers will strike.
Union of Air Traffic Controllers (USCA)
Times 10 am - Noon and 6 - 8 pm (local times)
Monday 8 June 2014 
Wednesday 10 June 2014
Friday 12 June and Sunday 14 June.
Strike is over the punishment of 61 controllers who went on strike in 2010.
(This union's last strike was 26 years ago, represent 90% of controllers)
Spanish baggage handlers strikes
Update:-27 May 2015These baggage handler strikes have caused minimal disruptions - if any

Barcelona El Prat International Airport
 Baggage Handlers Strike
11 May, 2015 GroundForce baggage handlers will strike:-
Thursday and Friday May 14 and 15
Thursday and Friday May 21 and 22
Thursday and Friday May 28 and 29
Groundforce customers in El Prat Air Europa, Alitalia, Qatar Airways, Aeroflot,
Aer Lingus and United Airlines. They also bring the ramps to airline companies Vueling, Iberia, Air Nostrum, KLM, Air France, El Al, British Airways and Aerolineas Argentinas.
Barcelona El Prat Airport

​Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas 
Groundforce (UGT union) Baggage Handlers Strike - indefinitely.
Starts Saturday 16, May 2015 between the hours (local times)
Noon - 2 pm
8 pm - 10 pm.
Expect flight delays and delivery of luggage. Call your airline.

May 13, 2015 Valencia Airport is temporarily closed, flights diverted to other airports, till?

Air Europa - SkyTeam Alliance member
3 February 2014 Air Europa's owners Globalia "might" buy Portuguese airline "TAP". If so airlines have similar bases. Needless to say the unions are apoplectic. Between the two airlines that's a lot of job loss. Air Europa operates some flights for Thomas Cook. See what happens on May 15th.

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How to reassure a passenger if the fuel runs out?
We don't know "Where to buy Lucky Strikes in Tunisia?"

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Industrial Action Strike Guide for 2015

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I appreciate what you are doing and I agree totally with your sentiment.
I am an international traveler for business on average one international trip a week, all year long.(maybe more lately).

I have been extremely inconvenienced like yourselves. I have slept on the floor in Narita airport, I have been treated as an animal in a mob of passengers at Milan Malpensa, and scrambled for an emergency place to
stay near JFK, etc, etc.

Can't you just feel this passengers pain.

From Karen:-I just want to thank you for the warning...unfortunately, I did not heed it, and my husband and I, traveling from Nice to Savona, Italy, were kicked off the train at the last stop in France, Menton, along with 3 others, with no prior warning of any troubles ahead. There WAS a strike in Italy, and we had to catch a cruise that evening, so ended up splurging on a taxi to Savona. But this is a great website...keep up the good work!! We went to the Nice train station to buy tickets a couple of days before we planned to travel to Savona, and I even asked at that time if there was any word of a strike in Italy.  The man looked at me and said in a very disinterested manner, "We do not know about Italy.  We sell French tickets.".   Well, OK then!!  
Our table mates on the ship had a flight cancellation on Iberia for their return, which was to be on Easter Sunday.  They ended up leaving the ship early, in Marseille, in order to get home.  Too bad....
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​Why do we leave information up you ask? Because travel agents, insurance companies and passengers refer to it. 

We get emails on a regular basis asking did this strike really happen or I need proof it happened?

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Ask yourself, should I book a ticket with these airlines? These companies are embedded, entrenched with industrial disputes and have threatened strikes for when you are going to travel!
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Air India
Air Namibia
Air Zimbabwe
American Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Czech Airlines
Estonia Airline
Iberia Airlines
Kuwait Airways  
Liat Airlines
Lot Polish Airlines
Lufthansa Airlines
along with Germanwings
Spirit Airlines
TAP Air Portugal

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So Avoid all your strikes during holidays
All papers regularly, suitcases packed and the house is on side. You're ready for your vacation and head towards the airport. Where you really do not fancy, is an unexpected strike at the airport. Fortunately, you can at home enough to figure out through a convenient web site, so you will not be confronted with unpleasant surprises.
With the holiday season approaching, the chance of latency. But it gets worse if your flight is canceled completely, for example by a strike. That happened to a lot of travelers in 2014, with strikes at Lufthansa and KLM partner Air France. In 2015, the chances of flights canceled suddenly also provided.
Just before the website is created. The page displays a country where at the moment strikes, but also countries which are risky in that area. Not only airlines but also by other carriers. The site warns especially for France. French air traffic controllers union is vehemently against the retrenchment of employment - a plan of the government. The eyes are focused on the Italian air traffic controllers, who have threatened to strike.

From Dee
We found your fantastic site two weeks after leaving our luggage at Brussels airport due to the May, 2013 'industrial action'. Along with 78,000 other pieces of luggage, our 2 were eventually returned, once we were home, four weeks later. We were not informed of the 'industrial action' when we checked in in Rome, thank you Brussels Airlines. So we, experienced travellers of 30+ years, learned the hard way that we have to inform ourselves. And your site is excellent. We have sent it to many, many people. Keep up the fantastic work! - Sincerely, thankful Canadians

May I just say how wonderful your website is and how it has helped me this year. I travel to Europe quite frequently and with all the strikes in France and Italy particularly, it has been an incredible help and always so topical - much more so in fact than the individual airlines webpages.

I have recommended it to several of my friends. Thank you so much for making life that much easier!

Very best wishes

Sydney International Airport
Be aware largest transport project in Australia effecting routes to airport. Allow extra time.
West Connex Road 
Project ends 2019

13 May, 2015 Rome airport asking airlines to cut back flights to Fiumicino by 40%. Not sure how long this is to last. Alitalia moves all operations to Terminal 1. Check Staff complaining about the smell during clean up, asbestos. Worker hospitalized after baggage handlers cart crashed into a petrol tanker. It's also possible a strike is going on or was on for some time today.

​7 May, 2015 Rome Fiumicino Airport has re-opened after last nights huge fire at Terminal 3.
All flights were cancelled. Other terminals not effected. Took firefighters 5 hours to get it under control. Passengers face long delays. Investigation to follow, was this "wilful"

7 May 2015 Last night around 10pm a fire started in Terminal 3, behind a fridge in one of the restaurants. Some intercontinental flights are arriving. Don't go to the airport till it's announced it's opened. Road to airport closed. Italian railway brings in empty trains to evacuate passengers from the airport.

​Stay in touch with your airline.
Truck strike is being planned more info to come out
Month of May, do not drive on the motorway with out buying petrol first.  Italian motorway petrol stations will be striking intermittently in May.

Other strikes coming up:-
Monday 25 May, 2015 Several aviation strikes will be going on. (First are you going to or from UK? If so see above)

Milan baggage handlers, 24 hour strike, Linate and Malpensa airports, except for flights going to and from Bari, Brindisi and Genoa.

Various airport and airline workers across Italy will strike for 24 hours. (Yes, its that vague)

Alitalia pilots and flight attendants suspend strikes between the hours of ​
7-10am and 6-9pm ansamed on the 25th. Only 5% of ANPAC union - pilots and flight attendants went on strike today. Minimal disruptions took place.

Cityliner pilots and flight crews will strike for 24 hours, except for flights to and from Bari, Brindisi and Genoa.

Naples Airport workers from 10 am to 6 pm.

Aeroporti di Puglia - Bari Airport ground workers from 11 am - 3 pm.

Top it off, Florence public transportation strike on and off all day.
Saremar ferry company 30 and 31 May. Not much out about this Translator needed BuongiornoAlhegro
June 2015
May 18, 2015 Announced today, Rome taxi strike to take place, Tuesday, June 9, 2015 from 11am to 5pm. Procession to take place starting from Piazza Madonna of Loreto (Let's see if this site functions on the day tuttocitta )
Trenitalia strike
9 pm Thursday June 11, 2015  till 9pm Friday 12th June. Strike is in the Piedmont region only ie Torino, Cuneo, Asti, Novara etc
​Monday June 15, 2015 Malpensa airport workers, 24 hour strike
So far nothing in June regarding Italian air traffic controllers. See German air traffic control article above

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Transportation strikes for 2015. We just want to give you the "Heads Up" of a potential travel disruption, disaster! Find out whose ripe for industrial action. Check here first, even before you've bought your airline ticket. Be prepared for next trip. 2015 shaping up to be contentious between shareholders, unions and employees.
26 May 2015 General strike being planned Wednesday 2 September 2015

Indira Gandhi Airport Swine Flu scanning causing flight delays
E Turbo News

New Delhi
May 2015 Summer sickness, typhoid, gastroenteritis, food poisoning have gone up significantly Times of India

El Al
Ben Gurion Airport
Call El Al to confirm your flight
El Al in Israel 03-977-1111 
El Al Departures board

Pilot shortage. Sunday night flight leaving Ben Gurion to NYC gets delayed often due to no pilot scheduled. Management scramble for a pilot to do overtime.
April 2015 Greek air traffic controllers re-iterate the need for a new upgraded air traffic control system is desperately needed along with more staff. It's not unusual for controllers to bring airline landings in by eyesight only.

​Friday 22 May 2015 Greek airport union workers (The Greek Federation of Civil Aviation Authority Unions) announce strike
Sunday 31 May and Monday, 1 June 2015
Not a lot of details have been published. What we do know is air traffic control is NOT joining in.

Informative sites
Living in Greece

United States 
​Next Portuguese public holiday Monday June 1 and Wednesday June 10th.

Lisbon Metro Strikes
Several strikes so far this year. Have a plan B if taking public transportation to the airports
Lisbon Metro 24 hour strike Tuesday, May 26, 2015 

​Portugal Rail Strike
CP Rail

TAP Air Portugal Pilot Strike
TAP Notice up
TAP Face Book
More information on our TAP Strike page

New owner to be announced 28 May, 2015
​22 May, 2015 No new strikes have been announced.

Tuesday 12 May 2015 Yesterday pilot union met with all other unions related to TAP. Plans are likely being made for you. Can't be a good thing.

Airline is up for sale. The privatization of TAP was agreed (2011) to when the country took a 78 billion euro bail out from the IMF and EU.

14 May 2015 Wildcat rail strike today, hundreds of rail passengers left stranded at Tunis rail station.

Monday, 30 March 2015 National Bardo Museum opened today.

Next bank holiday August 31, 2015
National Rail Strike
21 May 2015 National rail strike has been cancelled. Strike was planned for Monday and Tuesday 25/26 this coming week. Some trains have already been cancelled. Keep up todate with
National Rail Enquiries
Virgin Trains 

​Update:20 May, 2015 National rail threaten law suits against unions and are trying to get it deemed illegal via the courts.

London taxi cab drivers will be demonstrating/blocking roads around Victoria train station, 2pm on the Tuesday 26 May 2015.

26 May 2015 till June 4th will see National Gallery workers striking. You might find some exhibits closed.

Dockland Light Rail (DLR) workers have two ballots for strike action going. Both results due in 12 May 2015. DLR goes to London City Airport.
UK Air Traffic Control - First Class First Landing
Airlines with more first class passengers will cut the line and land earlier than an aircraft without first class passengers DailyMail
UK Ports
UK exit visa checks may cause further delays - rail and ferries Telegraph

May 2015 Eurostar opens new rail route, year round to Marseille only 6 1/2 hour trip. Eurostar is expensive minimum £340 return. Easyjet from Gatwick can land you £200 return. Even less if you plan properly.
Iconic travel brand Thomson to be slowly phased out to the TUI brand along with First Choice and LateRooms website.
​19 May London City Airport closed in am due to hole in runway.
A plug for Germfalcon Kickstarter 
Air Canada
Star Alliance member:- Codeshares with some strike prone fellows ie:-
Greek national airline Aegean Airlines, Air India, Croatia Airlines, Lufthansa, SAS and TAP Portugal.

Update:-31 March, 2015 No strike vote has taken place - yet. Talks have broken off.
Update:-February 26, 2015 Air Canada applied for federal concilation. If no deal made earliest possible strike action May 11th.
Update:-This is why the issue is quiet - lockout The Star
February 19, 2015 Air Canada workers suspend talks with management. 
Unifor union for customer sales and service agents cancel negotiations over shift issues.
Same day as Air Canada named leading airline for customer loyalty.
Lastly CP rail unions and management have made a deal.
Finnish Airport Strike
17 May, 2015 Good news, issue with baggage handlers and ground service issues has been resolved. Deal made. Strike threat over with.

Peru General Strike
1 May 2015 Unions announce today plans for 72 hour general strike starting, Thursday August 27, 2015
​Stockholm Arlanda Airport 
Update:-26 May 2015 Strike likely to gather momentum Reuters

Update:-22 May 2015 Yes Swedish pilot's make a deal but Norwegian pilots for SAS have not dailymail
Update:-21 May 2015 Strike is cancelled. Pilot's sign a one year deal.
Update:-20 May 2014 SAS cancels 110 flights for tonight and tomorrow, hitting domestic and international flights from Sweden see Reuters 

The Swedish Airline Pilot Asssociation
8 May, 2015 Scandinavian Airlines SAS pilots have given up on negotiations which are at a standstill and have called a strike from 21 May 2015. Norwegian pilot's for SAS also unhappy and may join in.  More news to come.
South Africa                                     

South African Airways 
15 March 2015 South African Airways - financial cuts. Unions left in the air not knowing which employees will be given the heave ho. Expect a go slow.
Xpatica has article up about what happened today 
27 May 2015 Brussels Airport slowly getting back to normal see notice up 
Train drivers strike for SNCB
The Autonomous Train Drivers Union SOHC 
Strike will start 
Wednesday, May 27 10 pm (Local time) till 3 am Friday morning.
(Looking for more information on this)
Taoyuan pilots who work for China Airlines. Last ditch meeting with management planned for May 11, 2015 WantChinaTimes

Hong Kong
21 May 2015 Cathay Pacific flight attendants threaten August walkout. No date set yet  Straights Times
Beauvais Airport
Train into Paris has been on strike for several months. Modified schedule is in place.
Beauvais Airport
20 May 2015 Union VR airport workers voted yesterday to strike -
Sunday May 31, 2015 and
Monday June 1, 2015

Keflavik airport has notice up

Baggage handlers will strike from 
Sunday 31, May 2015 00.01hrs till 
June 1, Monday 24.00
Likely to effect not only Icelandair but all airlines.
If no agreement made an indefinite strike will start Saturday June 6 on.
​Your Icelandair flight will be delayed, cancelled or brought forward. Call them.

48 hour bus strike starts May 28.

June 6 is the day a general strike starts.
​70,000 workers estimated to strike - that's 35 - 40% of the countries work force. Likely to find most if not all tourist attractions closed that day.

Banks on and off on strikes - bring cash

General transportation strike is being planned 9 June, 2015. Last strike, March 2015 was a general strike and saw in Argentina TAM of Brazil and LAN of Chile cancel flights to and from Argentina. Trains, subways and buses were at a standstill. Roads were blocked in Buenos Aires. 
26 May 2015 Airport workers in Libya causing problems today DailyMail

Fuel Shortages
24 May, 2015 Still going on, getting worse
If your flight is cancelled it's because - shortage of aircraft fuel All Africa

Iceland strikes
UK National Rail Strike
Over the years we've learned:-
Take a picture of the departure board, with time and date of cancellations.

Save all receipts, you never know.

Put airline phone number in your phone as sometimes it's easier to call them when you have 30 people in front of you at the check out desk.

Know which other airlines are going your way.

Wear as many clothes as possible and pack just hand luggage.

Make sure you have room on your credit card to put the expense of another flight on it and it probably won't be a low cost flight!

Competing airlines love it when your airline strikes. It's not unusual for them to up the price of fares at this time.

When Spanish air traffic control went on strike a few years ago. Only hotels available were the really, really expensive high end or hotel's you wouldn't put your enemy in.

When German Lufthansa Airline strike rental cars across Germany get more expensive and scarce.

26 May 2015 Irish government accept Aer Lingus sale to International Airlines Group. Aer Lingus largest union group Siptu, not having it and will fight it tooth and nail.

​                    Aer Lingus Cabin Crews
6 May 2015 Aer Lingus cabin crews not happy with roster and Impact union balloting crew members for strike action. Voting results due in two weeks - 20 May. Crews will be legal to strike ten days after ballot results are in.

May 26, 2015 Customs strike is still going on customstoday