EasyJet cabin crew have announced nine days of strikes which will cause more chaos for holidaymakers just as the peak summer travel season is to start.
On Tuesday the union USO said that cabin crew who are based in Spain will strike on 1 to 3 of July and then on 15 to 17 and again on 29 to 31 July.
EasyJet’s flight attendants in Spain are demanding a 40% pay increase in their basic salary, Miguel Galan, General Secretary of USO’s easyJet section, said.
The cabin crew’s basic salary which includes extra pay and bonuses currently stands at £816, and Galan said this is far lower than other European countries.
He added, “The company underestimated the outlook, was more pessimistic and conservative and is not ready for the demand [for air travel].
“This generates a domino effect on us.”
Ryanair are also planning to go on strike later this month and again in July across a number of countries and the budget airline has warned there will be delays and cancellations throughout the summer.
Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s chief executive, warned his passengers they must brace for a less than satisfactory experience.
O’Leary told Sky News that this is “deeply regrettable” and warned, This problem is going to continue particularly at airports like Gatwick and Heathrow right throughout the summer.
“It will be worse at weekends and better during the week.”
O’Leary said that Brexit is the main cause as airlines and airports are unable to hire foreign workers which is affecting them from hiring new staff to fill in the available positions.