Passengers and airlines fret over ATC strikes

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MORE than 2,000 flights in or out of Spain this weekend could be affected by an air traffic controllers’ strike called for 10am to 1pm on Saturday and 5pm to 8pm on Sunday.
Enaire public airport management company stressed that minimum services should, as was mostly the case during similar strikes last month, leave travellers unaffected, yet USCA air traffic controllers’ union said it could not say what the impact would be.
The union called the partial strikes for this weekend and again on July 25-26 as negotiations over punishment of 61 controllers who closed air space in December 2010 have still not given results.
Meanwhile the ACETA Spanish Airline Association has asked the controllers to act responsibly and urged the two sides to reach an agreement to avoid passengers and airlines being affected.
ACETA expressed its worry about the strikes, stressing that this weekend coincides with an important number of arrivals at Spanish airports.

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