Airport strikes to threaten World Cup
Football fans arriving at one of Rio de Janeiro’s three airports for the World Cup may be met with transport chaos, as a 24-hour partial strike will be seizing the hubs.
The global sporting event is starting today (June 12th) and enthusiasts will be arriving from all over the world in order to enjoy a thrilling tournament across the next month.
Workers in all of Rio de Janeiro’s airports are demanding a 5.6 per cent rise in their wages, but the strike has lost some of its impact after a labour court told unions they must maintain an 80 per cent service or face a fine of up to $22,400.
Galeao International Airport, which will likely be the busiest during the World Cup, is among those affected, as is the Santos Dumont Airport which is responsible for domestic flights, including those to Sao Paulo that will host the opening ceremony and first match.
Both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo have been faced with strikes in the run-up to the tournament, with the latter brought to a halt last week following the closure of the subway as workers demanded an 8.8 per cent pay rise.
The local government has also been besieged by the public who are criticising the mass spending on the World Cup when so many people in the country are homeless, prompting officials to publish plans for 2,000 public housing units to the east of the city.
No matter what happens with the strike, we at Avanti are hoping for a fun and exciting month of football. However, it’s worth remembering that unplanned events such as strikes and demonstrations are very disruptive for travel plans.
It is for this reason that comprehensive travel insurance is so essential as you don’t want to lose out from something unexpected if you’re going on holiday.