Historic delays without warning, cancellations, and loss of baggage. A hot summer is also expected on the travel front. On the first summer exodus, 3,000 flights were canceled in less than 48 hours and it didn’t look any better for those who boarded the ferry. Not only. The lucky ones who managed to land, faced a taxi strike, a protest across Italy against competition law. A real mess. Or rather, he took the words of some traveler as a “nightmare”.
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Lorena Marciano left with her husband and two children, ages 10 and 5. “Last Thursday we went to Brussels Airport – he says – and when we got to the drop-off point, there was an endless queue, and we almost got to the airport itself. But in the end with a trick we were able to check the luggage and not miss the plane.” But the nightmare had not yet begun. “Once they got to the gate, they started going up – he continues – but while we were checking our passports, they told us there could have been a sudden 3 hour delay before that, and then they told us an hour. Then another hour was added – laughs -. At the end The four hours, they told us that there might have been another chance not to leave at all, and that the plane would have been cancelled.” The reasons for this inferno are known: In addition to expensive fuel, there is a shortage of personnel. Marciano explains, without hiding his frustration: “There was a technical failure with us and they told us That they don’t even have people to secure the planes.” “Finally – he concludes – since we had to leave at 18.30, we left at 22.30 and arrived at Fiumicino at half past midnight.”
Alessandro Negri and business trips: “High prices and constant delays”
You change country, city and airport but the story is the same. In Germany, only Lufthansa announced the cancellation of 2,200 flights during the summer period. “I go to Hamburg for work about once a month – explains Alessandro Negri – and I notice that the prices have gone up a lot: you pay about 30% more for airline tickets, while the costs have tripled in the case of car rental.” Additionally, the 27-year-old has reported delays and cancellations. “Flights were almost never on time in the last period – confirms -. In my case on my last flight, I was 3 hours late due to lack of baggage handlers. But I know it is getting worse: in France they cancel flights every two days too.” Strikes and cancellations include practically all of Europe: yesterday negotiations between the Scandinavian company SAS and its pilots were halted and the strikes that will follow in Sweden, Norway and Denmark will lead to the cancellation of 50% of flights, leaving 30 thousand on board. SAS said himself on the ground – passengers a day.
From Paris to Turin and back, Filippo Severe: “Hell”
From Charles de Gaulle Filippo Severe says he was lucky: “We were only half an hour late, but 10% of the flights were canceled. It was hell. After the chaos of delayed or canceled flights in recent days, especially due to the strike of staff at Paris Central Airport, where passengers are waiting For the days of thousands of bags, Air France offered its “deep and sincere apologies.” But the situation is not destined to improve: in fact, unions in France have filed a new strike notice next weekend.
Angelica Magno and “The Nightmare” return from Ibiza
In the slalom between delays, cancellations and strikes, Angelica Magno sheds light on the problem of missed warnings. “On the way, they brought us an early flight from nine in the morning until half past six, but on the way back things got worse, he says. They constantly move flight schedules and don’t always send a warning email. Fortunately, I am a person who checks in and it happened to me two days before I changed my schedule.” Her return flight from Ibiza to Milan described it as a “nightmare”. “I arrived on time at 11 at the airport, but the gate was closed and we were told the flight was delayed two hours later. We are waiting, and in the meantime, without anyone telling us, they changed the time again. Finally they came up to us at 1 pm and made us wait Half an hour without air conditioning to board the plane. In addition, on our arrival we waited for the bags at least 40 minutes, but there were those whose condition worsened: many lost their luggage. Not only.” There was a taxi strike – and he concludes -: the inconveniences are lost in recent days On Sunday, July 17 in Italy, Ryanair pilots and flight attendants will cross their arms again, while in Spain, the crew of the same Irish airline will stop in three blocks of four days: from 12 to 15, from 18 to 21 and from 25 to 28 July.
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But even those who boarded a ship did not escape this nightmare. Isabella Giampaoli says she left Rome last Saturday: “We had the ferry from Piombino at 4.50 pm towards Elba. We arrived in advance, about 3 pm, but there was more than three kilometers of waiting ahead just to enter the port.” With two young girls in the car, waiting on the asphalt under the July sun, armed with patience and a desire to enjoy a holiday, Giampaoli finally managed to climb onto the board.”
On social exchange tips for refunds
To depict what is happening – not only in Europe’s skies – there are also testimonies on social networks: from Twitter to Instagram, thousands have complained about “flights, strikes, and smaller employees – one user writes -. People want to leave, travel, go back to normal, But they weren’t ready, and here’s the result.” Tik Tok users share tips on how to get a refund, and many thank the airlines – ironically – for “ruining our holiday.” Some assert: “No blame for the employees.” But there are those who argue that the fault is not even from those who, two years after the epidemic, simply wanted to enjoy a holiday.