March 21, 2015 Leave a comment
My return travel plans have been changed by the Lufthansa pilot’s strike that has now entered its third day. All flights from Barcelona to Frankfurt have been cancelled for the day and I have had no choice but to rebook for the next day. Of course, this means another night of hotel and meals which I will have to work on being compensated for when I get home.
It will be interesting to see how Lufthansa reacts. Typically, the European Union has some very defined protections for consumers in these situations and it is possible that I could be compensated up to 600 euros which would cover the expense, if not the inconvenience. However, the language does make exceptions for strikes but I’m not sure if this relates to external strikes or internal ones. I’m not sure why a problem with their own workforce would be exempted from the provisions.
I just wrote about the “protest culture” in Europe earlier this week and have posted about strikes in France previously. On a few occasions this has had a minor impact on my plans, e.g. train strikes that require taking a different line or mode of transport, but I’ve never had a flight canceled. But, this is not a completely unheard of thing in Europe.
I guess Barcelona is not the worst place in the world to have to spend an extra night. I gave brief consideration to staying another couple of days in order to see Sunday’s El Clasico match between Real Madrid and Barca at the Camp Nou but I’m ready to get home to my family and a more normal routine.