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Transport delays amid strikes across Europe

Travellers have been faced with delays and cancellations today as a series of General Strikes take place across Europe. British Airways and easyJet are among the airlines forced to cancel flights from the UK.

Passengers arrive at an airport during a 24-hour general strike in Lisbon, Portugal. Credit: REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
A passenger waits on an empty platform at the Thalys high-speed train terminal at Brussels Midi/Zuid rail station during an European strike. Credit: REUTERS/Yves Herman

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BA: 'We are doing all we can to minimise disruption'

We are doing all we can to minimise the disruption to our customers.

Customers due to fly to or from Spain today can rebook to an alternate date free of charge. Customers on cancelled services can also take a full refund.

We are also looking at putting on larger aircraft to help as many customers as possible. We are advising customers to check ba.com for the latest flight information.

We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused by industrial action which is beyond our control.

– British Airways

Heathrow cancels 39 flights due to strikes across Europe

Heathrow Airport has said 39 flights - nearly all involving Spain or Portugal - had been cancelled today at the west London airport, as a result of strike action across Europe.

Most people seem to have got the message that some flights were going to be axed and the terminals are operating smoothly.

Flight cancellations are never good news, but we do operate around 1,300 flights a day so the figure of 39 is a comparatively small one.

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