Worker strikes have been announced in Italy, Germany, Finland, and the UK, and they are expected to cause disruptions in public transport and air travel. Travellers are advised to stay informed about their flight status before going to the airport.
In Italy, a nationwide public transport strike is scheduled for January 24, which could impact buses, trams, and subways. Air traffic controllers have also announced a walkout from 13:00 to 17:00, so travellers should expect delays and cancellations. Additionally, taxi drivers in Rome have announced a 24-hour strike to protest increased license fees.
Germany will experience a week-long train drivers strike from January 24 to January 29. The train operator Deutsche Bahn workers are protesting over hours, pay, and working conditions, and if no agreement is reached, longer-lasting strikes could occur.
Finland will encounter airport disruptions on February 1-2, as 12,000 airport workers have scheduled a 48-hour strike. This is expected to cause disruptions for Finnair passengers, and the airline has offered flexibility for affected flights.
In the UK, train drivers are planning one-day strikes between January 30 and February 5 to protest for a wage raise. The walkouts will impact different operators on different days, potentially causing travel disruptions.
Travellers to Europe are advised to purchase travel insurance in order to protect themselves from unexpected expenses due to potential delays or missed flights. Affordable and reliable travel insurance options can be found from companies such as AXA Travel Insurance, Europ Assistance, Allianz Travel Insurance, Mondial Care, Mutuaide, and DR-WALTER.
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