Spanish air traffic strikes to hit services

Spanish air traffic strikes to hit services

Eight two-hour walkouts by Spanish air traffic controllers threaten to disrupt flights from today (Monday).

The strike action is due to affect flights for two hours each morning and two hours each evening. The industrial action is
planned for today, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

The walkouts are planned for between 10am to 12noon and from 6pm to 8pm local time on each day. Spanish airports operator Aena warned of possible flight delays and cancellations.

EasyJet said: “At this stage easyJet plans to operate its full schedule, however, like other airlines, some flights operated during these periods might be delayed.

“We recommend that all customers flying to or from Spain on 8, 10, 12 and 14 June check the status of their flight before going to the airport. We would like to reassure customers that we are doing everything possible to minimise any disruption as a result of the industrial action.”

Almost 450,000 passengers using Palma airport in Majorca alone could be affected as it handles around 600 flights and 100,000 passengers a day.

Tourist chiefs in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands have reserved 1,300 beds for holidaymakers whose flights could face cancellation, Mail Online reported.

The strikes are a protest against a decision to sanction 61 air traffic controllers for shutting down Barcelona’s airspace in 2010. The walkouts, originally scheduled for March, were postponed following the Germanwings crash.


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