Passengers face ‘indefinite’ Easter holiday strike chaos at airports in Spain

All of Spain's airports are back in full action this weekend, despite 9,000 fewer flights. Photo credit: Shutterstock

AIR PASSENGERS in Spain are facing the threat of massive Easter holiday flight disruption if a strike called by unions in Spain goes ahead.

All 46 Aena airports and heliports would be affected by the union action – including those that serve to key holiday destinations of the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca, Balearic and Canary Islands.

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The USE and UGT unions, that represent around 60,000 ground handling staff, have called for a walkout by workers from April 20 – for an indefinite period – if their pay and rights of workers demands are not met.

A strike by this group of workers would likely cause long queues and delays to flights which could lead to a large number of cancellations.

The peak Easter week is expected to see around five million passengers travelling and 32,500 flights scheduled to operate across the Aena-managed airports.

It is the third time in less than a year that unions a strike and the first one, at the end of July 2018, was averted by negotiations.

The full Aena airport and heliport network in Spain is:

• A Coruña (LCG)
• Albacete (ABC)
• Algeciras (AEI)
• Alicante-Elche (ALC)
• Almería (LEI)
• Asturias (OVD)
• Badajoz (BJZ)
• Barcelona-El Prat (BCN)
• Bilbao (BIO)
• Burgos (RGS)
• Ceuta (JCU)
• Córdoba (ODB)
• El Hierro (VDE)
• Fuerteventura (FUE)
• Girona-Costa Brava (GRO)
• Gran Canaria (LPA)
• Granada-Jaén F.G.L. (GRX)
• Huesca-Pirineos (HSK)
• Ibiza (IBZ)
• Jerez (XRY)
• La Gomera (GMZ)
• La Palma (SPC)
• Lanzarote (ACE)
• León (LEN)
• Logroño-Agoncillo (RJL)
• Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez (MAD)
• Madrid-Cuatro Vientos (LECU)
• Málaga-Costa del Sol (AGP)
• Melilla (MLN)
• Menorca (MAH)
• Murcia-San Javier (MJV)
• Palma de Mallorca (PMI)
• Pamplona (PNA)
• Reus (REU)
• Sabadell (QSA)
• Salamanca (SLM)
• San Sebastián (EAS)
• Santander-Seve Ballesteros (SDR)
• Santiago (SCQ)
• Sevilla (SVQ)
• Son Bonet (LESB)
• Tenerife Norte (TFN)
• Tenerife Sur (TFS)
• Valencia (VLC)
• Valladolid (VLL)
• Vigo (VGO)
• Vitoria (VIT)
• Zaragoza (ZAZ)

Aena saw 230.2 million passengers pass through its airports in 2016. It made a net profit of €1,164 million in the same year.


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