There have already been warnings of long queues at passport controls in the Balearics for Brits. | Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

Strikes and more strikes in the UK threaten to complicate travel to the Balearics over the coming weeks, not to mention air traffic control strikes by the French this summer.

Most of Britain’s passport office workers will go on strike for five weeks starting next month in a pay dispute, potentially disrupting the delivery of passports ahead of the summer holiday period.
More than 1,000 members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union working across most of the UK’s passport offices including in London, Liverpool and Glasgow will walk out from April 3 to May 5, the union said in a statement today.

Passport officers in Belfast, Northern Ireland could also strike if they vote in favour of walking out in a ballot that closes later today.

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Further down the road, looking ahead to the summer, if French air traffic controllers go on strike, as usual, flights from the UK to the Balearics will face serious disruption.

Indeed, the strikes reportedly led to 30% of flights being cancelled across the country when French ATC workers walked out from 6-9 March, affecting tens of thousands of passengers.

And while no dates are set for the summer as yet, Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary said in January that the French ATC strikes risked “shutting everybody down” if the dispute over pay and recruitment levels bleeds into summer.

His comments came as Europe’s air traffic manager, Eurocontrol, warned of potentially “huge challenges” to the commercial aviation network this summer. Citing “a backdrop of supply chain issues, possible industrial action, airspace unavailability, sector bottlenecks, rising demand and system changes”, it said: “2023 is set to be the most challenging year of the last decade. Keeping summer delays down will be an immense task.”