Speedbird555 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 41 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4530 times:
Currently there is flight disruption across Europe due to the 24 hour industrial action in France which has seen some Air Traffic controllers walk out. Seems that the strike is in regards to raising the retirement age from 60 to 62 and reform of pensions. Currently impacting flights in France, UK, Spain, Italy, Germany and more.
I was due to travel on Easyjet from BCN to LGW this evening at 1925 but when I arrived to check in my paid for baggage 1 hour prior to departure I was informed that the flight was overbooked and I could only travel on a later flight at 2110 and was issued a boarding pass. As we waited at the gate for boarding, fellow passengers started receiving text messages from EZY advising that this flight was cancelled and there was a rush to join hundreds of French, German & Italian passengers at the ticket desks who had already had suffered cancellations. My original flight departed 2 hours late...but at least made it back to the UK....just without me!
What puzzles me is how Easyjet could deny check-in for my confirmed flight on the basis that it was overbooked? Surely passengers with confirmation should take priority and they can only allow overbooked passengers to be issued boarding passes after the check-in desk closes, 40 minutes before depature (as clearly stated at the desks). Seems to me that paying for checked-in luggage is now a disadvantage when disruption occurs, or am I missing something here and it´s due to the increasing numbers who have hand luggae only and go straight to the gate?
Also, any thoughts on how long this is going to last and likelihood of further canecllations & delays over the remainder of this week? I´m now transferred onto a Thursday AM flight as don´t see much hope of making it home tomorrow as the disruption is likely to continue and there will be quite a large backlog to clear. Could think of worse places to be stuck though!
Woof From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4520 times:
Well, if you're stuck there much longer I thoroughly recommend getting a ticket to the next home football match this Saturday. That's what I did last time I was there and it was well worth it, as a last minute present to myself.
teme82 From Finland, joined Mar 2007, 1873 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4457 times:
As I'm a cabbie here in Finland I do get most of my clients from HEL ... There were some delays because the French don't want to work 2 more years... Longest delay was LH's flight from FRA around 2 hours. But in general the delays were around 30 minutes to 1 hour and some charter flights were delayed a bit longer. I don't have the exact data on those at hand.