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What To Do If An Airline Cancels Your Flight In case Of Strikes

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Air Strikes can happen anytime and our best weapon is to be prepared

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What To Do If An Airline Cancels Your Flight Incase Of Strikes

Today Air Berlin cancels its Berlin-Helsinki flights. Air Berlin has cancelled its flights between Berlin and Helsinki due to a strike at Berlin airports on Friday, March 10, 2017.

The employees also announced to go for strike from 3.00pm to 7.00 pm on March 17 and  from 2.00 pm to 6.00pm everyday from March 22 to March 24, if the stalemate situation is not resolved.

Strike forces Finnair to cancel 100 flights today

The Finnish national airline said that it will be forced to cancel upwards of 100 flights from Friday, as a direct result of planned strike action Friday by ground services staff who are locked in an industrial dispute with their employer, Airpro, over labour agreements governing their working conditions.

Here are some tips:

Airline Strike Prep: Before You Book

  • Look for airlines—and countries—that are less prone to labor disruptions. According to Mifsud, carriers based in England and northern Europe have better track records; Italy and France have more of a reputation for strikes among airline employees and on-the-ground personnel.
  • Stick with airlines that have alliance partners. If your carrier is affected by a strike, it will be better positioned to get you on an alternate airline.
  • Purchase travel insurance. Make sure it covers cancellations due to strikes—and that you buy it before one is announced.
  • If your trip is complex and expensive, and if air travel is a critical cog, enlist a travel agent, who can help with rebooking, if necessary, and may have options that aren’t available to you.

Airline Strike Prep: When Trouble Hits

If you absolutely must get out on time, buy a fully refundable (though costlier) ticket on an alternate carrier as a backup plan. If your original flight is canceled, you’ll be eligible for reimbursement and can use the second ticket to depart as scheduled.

Can I get a refund if my flight is cancelled?

If your flight is cancelled because of strike action you are, thanks to EU regulations(EC) No 261/2004, entitled to either:

  • a full refund, paid within 7 days.
  • an alternative flight to your destination from a nearby airport; the airline will be responsible for additional travel costs.
  • an alternative flight on a later date outside the strike period; this tends to be limited to flights departing within the following 12 months.

Don't Give up!

Call and call again. Strikes are fast-moving situations. So if you’re not getting the response you want from one agent (“I’m sorry, sir, we can’t rebook you until your flight is canceled”), there’s a chance another agent will be more flexible.

If you’re flying within Europe and facing a long flight delay, consider getting a refund on your airline ticket and putting that money toward high-speed rail instead.

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Source: www.money.co.uk, www.dailyfinland.fi, tripdoctor

We are updating articles when we get new information. This article has been edited last time on 03/07/18.

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