Strikes cause flight misery for UK travellers

Air passengers endured travel misery today as UK airlines cancelled flights due to anti-austerity strikes across Europe.

British Airways had to axe eight round-trip flights between London and Madrid and Barcelona, as well as two return services to Lisbon in Portugal.

Anti-austerity strikes across Europe are having an impact on UK travel. Credit: Press Assocation

EasyJet cancelled some UK-Spanish services as well as more than 20 within-Europe flights.

Some other easyJet flights were badly delayed - with a London service to Thessalonaki in Greece delayed for three hours 40 minutes.

Passengers on an easyJet London to Athens flight faced a delay of two hours 30 minutes, while a Manchester-Athens flight was delayed for two hours 10 minutes.

Heathrow and Gatwick were among the UK airports where flights were delayed or cancelled.

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