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Travel chaos grips nation during summer holidays

Patrick Christys
Aug 8, 2019


All together now: We're not going on a summer holiday, no more flying for a week or two...

That should be the official anthem of this year's travel chaos as strikes and technical faults have ruined tens of thousands of holidays.

Heathrow workers announced strike action, then cancelled it when they got a bumper pay increase - see, holding the country to ransom really does work!

Ryanair pilots have announced that they are going to strike in peak holiday season. 

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And British Airways was facing passenger anger on Wednesday as more than 500 flights were cancelled or delayed as a result of a systems failure.

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Tens of thousands of commuters were left scratching their heads at various London airports yesterday (Wednesday) when 'operational systems problems' grounded hundreds of BA flights.

London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and City were the airports most affected by the computer failure. 

BA refused to reveal the number of flights affected but according to Flightstats.com, which tracks arrivals and departures, by 5.30pm the airline had cancelled 140 flights and a further 370 had been delayed.

BA were reduced to relying on actual human beings to check passengers in which, in what was essentially an advert for robot labour everywhere, caused monumental delays.

And now Ryanair are getting in on the misery act.

Pilots' union Balpa reported that members had backed walkouts by a majority of 80% on a turnout of 72%.

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Its national executive council later settled on two strike dates.

The first stoppage will last 48 hours, from Thursday 22 August until Friday 23 August.

The second covers three days, from Monday 2 September until Wednesday 4 September.

 

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