UK Airport Strikes in January?

December 27, 2007 on 10:38 am | In London, Uncategorized, United Kingdom, country travel information, strikes | 3 Comments

Recent labor unrest at BAA managed airports in the United Kingdom may results in strikes that will cripple aviation traffic in January.  At this time 24-hour  strikes are scheduled for January 7, 14 and a 48-hour strike is scheduled to start early morning on January 17th.  Heathrow, Gatwick and 5 other UK airports would be affected by the strikes.  See this BBC article for more information.

More Strikes in France Next Week

December 7, 2007 on 7:31 am | In France, strikes, travel warnings | Comments Off

 

A 36-hour strike conducted by several rail unions will start Tuesday evening  next week (December 11, 2007). On Wednesday bus and subway workers in Paris plan to join the strike. 

Although no on is sure how many will join the strike, it is expected to hinder rail traffic througout the country.  The action by the Paris bus and subway workers will paralyze traffic in the City of Light on Wednesday.

The Strikes in France Ebb and Flow

November 20, 2007 on 3:37 pm | In France, Uncategorized, country travel information, personal travel, strikes, travel warnings | Comments Off

The rail strike in France worsened this week, but negotiations begin tomorrow and that  may lead to the end of the rail problem.  Unfortunately, many of the French civil service workers went on strike today and this group included air traffic controllers.  Numerous flights have been cancelled in both of airports serving Paris. 

Bad news continues for air travelers as the main pilots union in France has called from a strike from Saturday through Tuesday.  For tourists, it continues to be a difficult time to travel in France.  See this article in the Herald Tribune for all the messy details.

Rail Strike Continues in France

November 18, 2007 on 1:54 pm | In France, Uncategorized, country travel information, personal travel, strikes, travel news, travel warnings | Comments Off


Well, it is not pleasant but fairly predictable that the transportation unions in France decided to extend their strike to Monday, November 19th and perhaps beyond.  There is a negotiation session scheduled for Wednesday and some hope has been extended that the strike will end before then.

As it now stands, there is little rail traffiic, the Paris Metro has some closed lines and around half of the buses in the city are running.  Officials hope to have half of the TGV lines running Monday, but you should call ahead to determine which lines and their schedule.

 

France Strike-Bound

November 14, 2007 on 9:41 am | In France, strikes, travel news, travel warnings | Comments Off


The strikes we described in our last blog are now rolling out.  Rail services and energy production were severely disrupted in France today and it is possible that the panoply of strikes will continue through tomorrow and, perhaps, Friday.

Less than 25% of the country’s trains were running today, although more TGVs are operating than any other service (helping out the tourist a bit).  For more information see this article from the BBC.

November is shaping up as strike time in France

November 2, 2007 on 9:16 am | In France, Uncategorized, country travel information, personal travel, strikes, travel news, travel warnings | 7 Comments

President Nicholas Sarkozy of France has been trying to invigorate the country’s economy by changing the country’s generous pension programs.  His actions, however, have been met by adverse reactions, including strikes.  More are coming this month in the rail and energy areas.  If you are planning November travel in France see this article in Expatica for more information.

Transit Strike in France This Week

October 16, 2007 on 8:35 pm | In France, Uncategorized, country travel information, personal travel, strikes, travel news | Comments Off

French authorities are concerned that a country-wide transit strike will wreak havoc on the country’s transportation infrastructure this week.   See this article in the Herald Tribune .

London Tube Strike Cancelled

September 5, 2007 on 9:01 am | In London, United Kingdom, strikes, travel news | Comments Off

The strike that disabled the London Underground yesterday has been cancelled.  Services are now back to normal, but it is not yet clear whether a second strike that was set for next week will occur.  We will update this story when definitive information about the follow-on strike is available.

Transport in London was a mess yesterday as the millions who normally take the “Tube” were forced to seek other alternatives.

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