What to do in case of a strike?

If you’re planning on flying this summer, there’s a chance your flight may be delayed or cancelled because of an air traffic control strike. Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind if you’re affected.

Call the airline or travel provider

First thing you should do is get a hold of your airline or travel provider. If you need to be rerouted then the sooner you do it - the sooner you’ll be on a flight as you clearly aren’t the only one in this situation and seats are limited. If you have booked a package including accommodation, contact your travel provider to find out your options.

You may be entitled to a refund

According to EU Regulation, airlines should offer you either a full refund, or get you to your final destination as soon as possible. Depending on the airline, you may also be able to change or rebook your flight to a later date without any additional cost. Changing the destination however, will most likely mean a complete change in your travel itinerary and you may have to pay full price.

Your right to claim compensation

Airport traffic control strikes, along with bad weather and security threats, are part of the circumstances under which airlines are not liable to pay compensation. For a more detailed explanation of the EU Regulation 261/2004 and your right to compensation you can check here.

You have booked travel insurance

If you have booked travel insurance, you may want to verify with your provider if you’re covered in case of a strike. If you haven’t, then check with your credit card - major travel credit cards offer complimentary travel insurance yet few passengers end up using it simply because they aren’t aware of it.

Air traffic control strikes certainly disrupt your travel plans. To minimize the impact, stay informed and be proactive.