Passengers stranded at Manchester Airport during EU anti-cuts protests – no further flight delays expected

By Dean Wilkins

Woeful weather boycotters have been stranded at Manchester Airport after flight delays due to strikes by staff across Europe.

Passengers were left for more than two hours while airliners easyJet drafted in a solution – the Athens-bound flight is one of many affected by the anti-austerity protests in Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal.

Holidaymakers were eventually allowed onto the plane and Manchester Airport controllers are not expecting any more delays from the city today.

An airport spokesman said: “No flights in or out are currently affected by strike action in Europe.

“But passengers can double-check with their airline if they are worried too.”

EasyJet have been forced to cancel some UK flights across Europe after passengers were left at facing nearly four hours of delay for a flight to Greece.

London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports are the most-affected by the cuts as part of the Day of Action and Solidarity protests throughout EU nations.

An easyJet spokesman said: “We are proactively trying to minimise disruption. However, we would like to warn customers that they could experience delays to their travel plans.”

Calls for strikes have been backed by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) as the effect of the Euro crisis worsens across the continent.

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