Thousands of Britons who are traveling for the summer or returning to the UK for work will reportedly face more travel disruptions as the members of Rail, Maritime, and Transport announced a tube strike amid hundreds of flight cancellation reports coming out of Europe.
London Underground, the country’s rapid transit system advised people to not commute by the tube, having warned of a severe disruption across its network from Monday until Tuesday morning.
The RMT union took up industrial action over a dispute regarding their jobs and pensions.
Transport for London (TfL) said that while some trains will be running, many stations, particularly central and south London, will be closed while others might be open only for limited periods.
Meanwhile, it was reported over the weekend that tens of thousands of travelers from the UK were stranded at various airports in Europe as the long holiday period saw airlines cancelling more than 200 flights.
British low-cost carrier easyJet grounded 80 flights on Sunday, 5th May, following a challenging environment, while high-speed rail service Eurostar saw delays and cancellations due to power supply problems near Paris, at the Gare du Nord train station.
A majority of flights canceled from London-Gatwick airport were of easyJet’s, with Vueling, Wizz Air, and British Airways flights also announcing some cancellations.
The aviation industry is suffering from a shortage of staff after having laid off thousands of people during the Covid pandemic. Airlines are facing difficulties in hiring new workers due to delays in their security checks processes, which they claim is being delayed due to government regulations.
Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, claimed that despite government warnings, travel companies oversold holidays and flights way past their capacity of delivery. Shapps added that he will make sure that holidaymakers are able to travel over the summer without any issues.
Last week, after a meeting with airlines, airports, and ground handling, the Cabinet minister stated that he has sped up security checks for workers and allowed some staff, in jobs unrelated to security, to immediately take up training.
However, he stated that bosses had cut ‘too far’ even though they were granted enough support to retain the staff during the pandemic.