Several countries in Europe will be hit by a transport strike this summer. Some will begin as early as this week, reports Lonely Planet. Citizens and tourists may face significant inconvenience.


On Wednesday, there was a national transport strike that included taxis, buses, trains and ferries. The entire ATAC network was affected. The ATAC network operates the metro, buses, trams, and some light rail services. Local public transport was impacted in other Italian cities as well including Milan, Florence, Turin, Naples, Palermo. On Friday, air travel in Italy might be affected. Alitalia staff and airport workers may stage a strike expected to last between 4 and 24 hours.

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Last Monday, Renfe workers in Spain called for a 24-hour strike and cancelled about a third of scheduled rail services throughout Spain. Some further disruptions might take place over the course of the next few days. Major stoppages are planned between 12 noon and 4pm and between 8pm and midnight on 31 July, 14 August, 30 August and 1 September. All passengers who will be affected by cancellations will be entitled to a full refund.


Three of UK’s busiest airports will see strikes this summer. At Heathrow airport, around 4000 staff workers are planning to walk out over pay disputes. The strikes are planned for for 26-27 July, 5-6 August and 23-24 August. London Stansted could also have strikes. EasyJet staff is due to walk out for 17 days this summer over pay and conditions.

London Stansted, too, could be hit by strikes. EasyJet staff is due to walk out for 17 days this summer over pay and conditions. Further strikes are planned in August between 2-5, 9-12 and 16-19.


Members belonging to Ryanair’s Irish Airline Pilots Union (Ialpa) will decide next week if they will hold a ballot on industrial action. The ballot could lead to strikes in late August. Nothing has been confirmed yet.


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