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European strikes disrupt transport

19 November 2012 09:22

A train stands still at a deserted platform at the Brussels South train station on Wednesday

A train stands still at a deserted platform at the Brussels South train station on Wednesday

UK airline and rail transport services were getting back to normal today after widespread disruption yesterday caused by strikes throughout Europe in protest at austerity measures. Among the UK airlines obliged to cancel services were British Airways and easyJet. The high-speed train company for the Channel Tunnel, Eurostar, was forced to cancel one of its London-Brussels trains due to strike action in Belgium.

Air services to and from the Iberian Peninsula were the most affected. Massive demonstrations in Spain and Portugal added to the strike action there. Travel insurance came in handy for those passengers with flights on Wednesday as some of British Airways flights between London and Lisbon were among the 200 flights in and out of Portugal that were cancelled. BA was also forced to cancel eight round-trip flights between London and Barcelona and Madrid.

Cancellations by Portugal's TAP airline included flights between London, Lisbon and Porto, as well as one scheduled service between Lisbon and Manchester, and another one from Heathrow to Funchal on the island of Madeira. Ryanair passengers withstood delays in the airline's flights between the UK and Europe, including a four-hour delay for the flight from Limoges, France, to Stansted. EasyJet had to cancel some flights between the UK and Spain as well as more than 20 of its inter-European services.