THE summer travel chaos is leaving those going on holiday stressed on whether their flight will actually be taking off or whether they will find out about a last minute cancellation.
These are the airlines that are recently cancelling the most flights and what to do if you go through this holiday nightmare.
Which airlines are cancelling flights?
Ryanair, EasyJet and British Airways are amongst the most popular airlines to cancel flights this summer.
If you have your flight cancelled, be aware that you do have a number of rights under UK law.
If your flight is cancelled, the airline must provide you with care and assistance.
They should provide you with food and drink, with means of communication, accommodation if you have to spend more time at a certain place or re-route and with transport to and from your accommodation.
Ryanair staff will be going on strike in 10 Spanish airports – Madrid, Malaga, Barcelona, Alicante, Sevilla, Palma, Valencia, Girona, Santiago de Compostela and Ibiza – after demanding a higher pay and better working conditions.
They will be striking for 12 days in July which are from Tuesday 12 to Friday 15,Monday 18 to Thursday 21 and Monday 25 to Thursday 28.
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A Ryanair spokesperson said that the airline is expecting "minimal disruptions."
They added: "Less than one per cent of Ryanair's flights have been affected in the past month by recent minor and poorly supported cabin crew strikes called by unions who are either not recognised by or who represent tiny numbers of Ryanair crews.
"Air Traffic Control (ATC) and airport staff shortages across Europe, which are beyond Ryanair's control may however cause minor disruption and any passengers whose flights are disrupted by ATC staff shortages will be notified of their entitlements by email/SMS."
Following the strike announcements, the Government warned Brits not to travel to one of the most holiday destinations, Spain.
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Ryanair's French crew previously went on strike in June, and 40 flights were cancelled as a result.
On July 12, when the Spanish staff strike started, 12 routes were cancelled while 120 flights were delayed.
If you had your flight with Ryanair cancelled, you can either apply for a full refund or else you can change your cancelled flight for free.
The Ryanair website gives the full information on what to do if your flight is cancelled.
EasyJet staff are also planning a strike from July 15 till July 17 and once again from July 29 till July 31.
Amongst the airports affected are Barcelona's El Prat, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca.
USO general secretary Miguel Galan said: "The conclusion is very clear; at easyJet there is money for everything except for Spain."
EasyJet are planning to run all their flights despite the strike, but did warn that some of them will be affected.
A spokesperson from the airline said: "Should the industrial action go ahead, there could be some disruption to out flying programme to and from Malaga, Palma and Barcelona during the strike period but at this stage, easyJet plans to operate its full schedule and we would like to reassure customers that we will do everything possible to minimise any disruption."
If your easyJet flight is cancelled, you have several options to choose from as compensation.
You can either switch to another flight for free, choose a voucher for the value of your booking which would be valid for 12 months since the date of issue or request a refund.
The refund will amount to the full value of your booking.
The easyJet website has all the information that you need to know about cancelled flights and even delayed or diverted ones.
Following an amnesty on take-off and landing slots, British Airways cancelled a great amount of flights.
Till July 8, airlines could change their flight schedules without having to pay a penalty fine and without losing the airport slots that they are allocated to fly from.
Until October, the airline has cancelled up to 16,000 while a further 650 cancellations will be affecting about 100,000 passengers.
Due to staff shortages, the airline is having to cut off on some flights as a spokesperson said: "We took pre-emptive action earlier this year to reduce our summer schedule to provide customer with as much notice as possible about any changed to their travel plans.
"As the entire aviation industry continues to face the most challenged period in its history, regrettably it has become necessary to make some further reductions.
"We're in touch with customer to apologise and offer to rebook them or issue a full refund."
If your flight with British Airways has been cancelled, visit their website for the full details on how you can get compensated.
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Which country has the most cancelled flights?
While we hear about the strikes in Spain and France, reports showed that Germany had the most cancellations from July 1 to July 15.
Based on scheduling, the following countries had the most flights cancelled:
- Germany – 1,482 flights cancelled
- United Kingdom – 1,060 flights cancelled
- Italy – 637 flight cancelled
- Spain – 423 flights cancelled
- France – 377 flights cancelled
- The Netherlands – 291 flights cancelled
- Greece – 207 flights cancelled
- Austria – 188 flights cancelled
- Portugal – 116 flights cancelled
- Denmark – 104 flights cancelled
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