GROUND handling staff for budget airline Ryanair at Alicante-Elche airport are set to go on strike over the Easter weekend in a dispute over unpaid wages.
The 230 Ryanair and Lesma staff have called for four days of 24-hour strikes from 00.01 on Friday 14 and will last until 23.59 on Monday 17 April.
Holiday and overtime payments and workers’ rights are also disputed.
Worker representatives claim that some of the part-time staff are owed up to €1,000 and 100% of the staff are behind the strike.
Alicante–Elche Airport, originally named El Altet, is the fifth busiest airport in Spain based on passenger numbers, and the main airport serving the Valencian Community and the region of Murcia.
The airport is also a base for Air Nostrum, Evelop Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Vueling.
In 2016 it set a new, consecutive, record with almost 12,350,000 passengers, making it one of the 50 busiest airports in Europe.
Up to eighty percent of all passenger flights are international.
The largest numbers of passengers arrive from the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Belgium and Sweden.