THE Semana Santa week sees large numbers of visitors flying into Spanish airports from all over Europe, but a combination of a French Air Traffic Controllers strike and the bombings at Brussels Zaventem airport have combined to cause a number of cancellations and delays.
Starting on Sunday March 20, the French strike not only caused difficulty for airlines operating flights into France, but also affected airlines that normally overfly French air space, resulting in a request from French authorities for flights to be cancelled to lighten the load on those controllers who were working.
Airlines most affected appear to have been the low-cost companies which included easyJet, Norwegian and Ryanair, although other airlines including British Airways were also hit resulting in delays and cancellations in and out of Malaga until Tuesday.
Then, the problems in Brussels meant that additional cancellations took place, particularly to airlines such as Brussels Airlines and Jetairfly who serve Zaventem airport, whilst Ryanair who have flights to Charleroi airport around 80 kilometres away from Brussels suffered less disruption.
Airlines for Europe, or A4E, founded by IAG, Air France-KLM, easyJet, Lufthansa and Ryanair, will be pressurising the French government to take action against the union organising the latest strike in order to stop the chaos.