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Strikes Threaten Spanish Airports

Tuesday August 9, 2011

Strikes Threaten Spanish Airports

Holidaymakers planning to visit Spain and its islands face possible travel disruption if planned strike action by both baggage handlers and ground staff goes ahead on 18th and 26th August, according to reports emerging in the national press. Whilst flights from Germany face disruption today as air traffic controllers there take industrial action.

Three of Spain's largest unions for airport staff with over 60,000 members have called for industrial action as a result of agreements between the handling companies and staff being repeatedly broken. Emergency talks are due to be held today by union bosses to see if a minimum level of service can be maintained to cause less disruption for travellers.

In addition, strike action is also planned for today, 9th August, by the syndicate of air traffic controllers in Germany, with the likely consequence that up to seventy flights destined for the Canary Islands will be disrupted. In particular, AENA, the Spanish Airport Authority, believes that Fuerteventura and Lanzarote flights will be worst affected.

At present, a total of twenty six arrivals and departures to and from Lanzarote today and twenty four arrivals and departures to and from Fuerteventura may be delayed or cancelled.

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