This is the first summer since 2019 that people have been able to go away without having to worry about Covid tests and traffic light systems.
But it has still been far from plain sailing – or flying – for holidaymakers, owing to continued chaos at airports.
Low staffing numbers have caused long queues and a huge number of canceled flights.
And the disruption is set to continue into July, with workers at both easyJet and Ryanair in Spanish airports going on strike.
The Ryanair strike began on Thursday and caused the airline to cancel 10 flights in Spain on Saturday.
Here’s how the action will continue to affect flights in July.
When are the Ryanair strikes?
Ryanair cabin crew will strike on 12-15, 18-21 and 25-28 July at 10 airports across Spain, the USO and SICTPLA unions have confirmed.
They are striking over pay and working conditions. The unions have called on the airline to resume negotiations.
“The unions and crew of Ryanair demanded a change of attitude from the airline,” they said in a statement.
They also urged the Spanish government “not to allow Ryanair to violate labor legislation and constitutional rights such as the right to strike.”
How will Ryanair flights be affected?
In a statement on Saturday, Ryanair said it expected “minimal (if any) disruption to its flight schedules in July as a result of minor and poorly- supported Spanish labor strikes.”
It added that “air traffic control (ATC) strikes and airport staff shortages across Europe (which are beyond Ryanair’s control) may however cause some minor disruption and passengers whose flights are disrupted will be notified by email/SMS”.
You can use Ryanair’s flight tracker to check on the status of upcoming services.
When are the easyJet strikes?
EasyJet workers are staging three sets of three-day strikes in July.
The first took place over the weekend, with two more scheduled:
Some 450 workers based at Barcelona’s El Prat airport, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca will walk out.
Spain is the most popular holiday destination among UK holidaymakers, so any disruption is likely to be felt on these shores.
USO has said its members in Spain typically have a base salary of €950 a month – €850 less than easyJet cabin crew receive in France and Germany.
The union has been in a dispute with the airline since February.
Easyjet has said it plans to operate its full schedule of flights, but admitted there could be some disruption to its programme.
The company said: “Should the industrial action go ahead, there could be some disruption to our flying program 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.”
EasyJet is already expected to be forced to cancel thousands of flights this summer owing to staff shortages.
Regarding affected flights, the airline has said: “The vast majority of customers’ flights will not be impacted and of those that are, the majority of customers will be re-booked within 24 hours.
“We will not be affected by customers directly in the coming days with information on their alternative flight or the option to rebook or receive a refund.”
You can use easyJet’s flight tracker to check on the status of your trip.
What happens if my flight is canceled?
If your flight is canceled or delayed because of strikes you may be able to receive compensation.
If your flights are part of a package holiday, you will either be offered alternative travel or a full refund.
If you the flights alone, your compensation depends on when your flight is canceled or how long you are delayed for.
If your flight is cancelled, your airline should offer you the choice of an alternative flight or a refund.
Airlines must also offer you sufficient drink and accommodation if your flight is canceled at short notice and your new flight is the following day.
This assistance must also be offered if your flight is delayed by at least two hours.
If your flight is canceled with less than two weeks’ notice, you may be able to claim compensation based on the timings of the alternative flight.
The amount you’re entitled to also depends on how far you were traveling.
For flights under 1,500km, you can claim up to £220 per person.
For flights more than 3,500km, you can claim up to £520 per person.
Find out more from the Civil Aviation Authority website here.