easyJet has issued a travel warning for Britons as flights to and from Italy could be affected by strike action. The budget airline said passengers could see some “disruption”.
The airline said: “We have been informed of national strike action in Italy on Friday April 21 which will affect areas in the airport including ground handling services.
“Like all airlines operating to and from Italy, we may see some disruption to our flying programme on this date.
“We advise customers travelling to and from Italy on Friday April 21 to allow additional time to travel to and from the airport and please continue to check flight tracker for further updates.
“Should any flights be cancelled then we will contact customers via email and SMS using the details provided at the time of booking and check in.”
easyJet warned that customers with a cancelled flight shouldn’t travel to the airport. They will be offered a refund or to change their flight free of charge.
The budget airline said that customers would not be entitled to compensation as a result of industrial action.
It added: “Although this is outside of our control, we would like to reassure customers that we are doing all we can to minimise any disruption that may occur as a result of the strike action.”
The strike action in Italy is part of a 24 hour general strike which could cause a lot of disruption.
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The Italian union CUB called the strike in protest over working conditions and the Government’s rejection of a minimum salary.
Public transport is likely to be affected by the strike so any tourists in Italy should allow more time for their journey.
Tourists have been impacted by strike action in several top destinations, including France, where ongoing protests over pension reform have caused huge disruption.
The British Government warned tourists travelling to France: “Industrial action may start the evening before the strike day and run for several days.”
Tourists holidaying in Italy or France should monitor the local media for updates and avoid demonstrations.
easyJet will contact affected passengers by text or email and tourists can also check the airline’s website for updates.
Some British tourists have also been impacted by a five week strike at Passport Offices across the UK.
Tourists with passports due to expire before a summer holiday are advised to make an application as soon as possible.
British tourists should also check the passport rules for their destination as some popular hotspots have different rules.
Online applications are usually faster than postal applications and are also slightly cheaper to make.
However, Simon Calder said that tourists should only renew their passport if needed, to avoid creating unnecessary queues.
Tourists should leave at least 10 weeks to wait for a new passport.
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