Jay Emeny

Jay Emeny

AIRPORT unions are confident a deal will be reached ‘soon’ as talks continue with the Ministry for Development.

Their objective, according to reports, is to see agreements “written on paper” over increasing staff numbers and better salaries.

Unions have set a deadline to reach a deal for the end of September, failure to do so will result in strikes beginning in October.

The Spanish government has put forward plans to hire 600 more workers, and is still negotiating salary increases as the tax authority needs to approve them.

FOOTAGE of a ‘have-a-go matador’ getting brutally pummelled by a charging bull in a Spanish town has gone viral.

The man can be seen taunting the beast with a red shirt, which then ran at him at a split second’s notice.

The powerful animal tosses him into the air like a rag doll and he appears to be knocked unconscious by the force of the impact.

WARNING: Some viewers may find the following footage disturbing due to its graphic nature.

RYANAIR has published a full list of the flights it is cancelling over the next six weeks after admitting it had “messed up” pilots’ holidays.

Here is a list of flights to or from Spain that have been cancelled:

Tuesday September 19

9106 - Barcelona El Prat (BCN) to Fez

9107 - Fez to Barcelona El Prat (BCN)

5992 - London Stansted to Madrid

5991 - Madrid to London Stansted

5462 - Madrid to Brussels Charleroi

5463 - Brussels to Charleroi Madrid

5317 - Madrid to Santiago Di Comp

5318 - Santiago Di Comp to Madrid

6374 - Barcelona to Paris Beauvais

6375 - Paris Beauvais to Barcelona El Prat (BCN)

9111 - Barcelona to Turin

9112 - Turin to Barcelona El Prat (BCN)

6881 - Barcelona El Prat (BCN) to Mahon

6882 - Mahon to Barcelona El Prat (BCN)

9106 - Barcelona El Prat (BCN) to Fez

9107 - Fez to Barcelona El Prat (BCN)

8348 - Porto to London Stansted

4348 - Bologna to Seville

4349 - Seville to Bologna

Wednesday 20 September​​​​​​​

2918 - Barcelona El Prat (BCN) to Brussels Airport

6348 - Barcelona El Prat (BCN) to Venice Treviso

245 - Barcelona El Prat (BCN) to Vigo

8141 - Barcelona El Prat (BCN) to Ibiza

2083 - Birmingham to Madrid

2917 - Brussels Airport to Barcelona El Prat (BCN)

8140 - Ibiza to Barcelona El Prat (BCN)

5994 - London Stansted to Madrid

5993 - Madrid to London Stansted

2082 - Madrid to Birmingham

3021 - Madrid to Toulouse

Monday September 25, October 2, 9, 16 & 23

FR6341 Barcelona to Rome F

FR6342 Rome F to Barcelona

 FR9045 Barcelona to London S

FR9044 London S to Barcelona

FR4545 Barcelona to Porto

FR4546 Porto to Barcelona

FR7060 Rome F to Barcelona

FR7070 Barcelona to Rome F

FR5993 Madrid to London S

FR5994 London S to Madrid

Tuesday September 26, October 3,10,17 & 24

FR6341 Barcelona to Rome F

FR6342 Rome F to Barcelona

FR9045 Barcelona to London S

FR9044 London S to Barcelona

FR7060 Rome F to Barcelona

FR7070 Barcelona to Rome F

FR5993 Madrid to London S

FR1884 London S to Madrid

 FR5317 Madrid to Santiago

FR5318 Santiago de Compostela to Madrid

Wednesday September 27, October 4, 11, 18 & 25

FR9045 Barcelona to London S

FR9044 London S to Barcelona

FR7060 Rome F to Barcelona

FR7070 Barcelona to Rome F

FR5993 Madrid to London S

FR5994 London S to Madrid

FR2528 Madrid to Berlin

FR2529 Berlin to Madrid

FR4586 Porto to Barcelona

 FR4587 Barcelona to Porto

Thursday September 28, October 5, 12, 19 & 26

FR6341 Barcelona to Rome F

FR6342 Rome F to Barcelona

FR9045 Barcelona to London S

FR9044 London S to Barcelona

FR9162 Barcelona to Birmingham

FR9163 Birmingham to Barcelona

FR3978 Dublin to Madrid

FR3979 Madrid to Dublin

FR7060 Rome F to Barcelona

FR7070 Barcelona to Rome F

FR5993 Madrid to London S

FR5994 London S to Madrid

 FR5317 Madrid to Santiago

FR5318 Santiago to Madrid

Friday September 29, October 6, 13, 20 & 27

FR6341 Barcelona to Rome F

FR6342 Rome F to Barcelona

FR9045 Barcelona to London S

FR9044 London S to Barcelona

FR3976 Barcelona to Dublin

FR3977 Dublin to Barcelona

FR7156 Dublin to Madrid

FR7157 Madrid to Dublin

FR7060 Rome F to Barcelona

FR7070 Barcelona to Rome F

FR5993 Madrid to London S

FR5994 London S to Madrid

FR5983 Madrid to Milan B

FR5984 Milan B to Madrid

FR4584 Porto to Barcelona

FR4585 Barcelona to Porto

Saturday September 30. October 7, 14, 21 &28

FR6341 Barcelona to Rome F

FR6342 Rome F to Barcelona

FR9045 Barcelona to London S

FR9044 London S to Barcelona

FR4545 Barcelona to Porto

FR4546 Porto to Barcelona

FR7156 Dublin to Madrid

FR7157 Madrid to Dublin

FR5993 Madrid to London S

FR5994 London S to Madrid

Sunday October 1, 8, 15 & 22

FR6341 Barcelona to Rome F

FR6342 Rome F to Barcelona

FR9045 Barcelona to London S

FR9044 London S to Barcelona

FR1135 Barcelona to Berlin

FR1134 Berlin to Barcelona

FR7156 Dublin to Madrid

FR7157 Madrid to Dublin

FR7060 Rome F to Barcelona

FR7070 Barcelona to Rome F

FR2017 Madrid to Lanzarote

FR2018 Lanzarote to Madrid

FR5995 Madrid to London S

FR5996 London S to Madrid

FR5484 Madrid to Porto

FR5485 Porto to Madrid

FR8344 Porto to London S

FR4584 Porto to Barcelona

What are your rights?

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For a complete list off all flights cancelled by Ryanair click here.

RYANAIR is under growing pressure to release details of all the flights it intends to cancel from consumer rights group Which? and thousands of disgruntled travellers.

On Friday the airline announced it would be cancelling between 40 to 50 flights every day for the next six weeks because it had “messed up” the planning of pilots’ holidays.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary admitted in a press conference today (September 18) that the situation was a “mess” but said that anyone who is “entitled to compensation will receive compensation.”

It’s estimated at up to 9,000 people a day and 285,000 journeys are likely to be hit by affected.

“We made a mess and Ryanair holds our hands up when we make a mess.

“I’d like to apologise and say sorry for the short notice due to not having stand by crews.

“Ryanair is not short of pilots – we were able to fully crew our peak summer schedule.”

In response to calls to publish a full list of flights that will be cancelled, he said "we delayed publishing the full list to focus on our busiest routes to ensure passengers on these flights were prioritised."

O'Leary has however confirmed that all customers whose flights are disrupted before the end of October will receive an email by tonight.

The airline announced it would be cancelling between 40 to 50 flights every day for the next six weeks because it had “messed up” the planning of pilots’ holidays.

Earlier Rival airline Norwegian Air Shuttle said it has recruited more than 140 pilots from Ryanair in 2017.

“Pilot recruitment is also underway for more pilots for our new Dublin base opening later this year,” they added.

The cancellations could affect hundreds of thousands of passengers, who reportedly will be offered alternative flights or refunds.

EU compensation rules for cancelled flights are:

  • Passengers are entitled to assistance and compensation, if the disruption was within an airline's control.
  • Airlines have to offer full refunds, paid within seven days, or re-bookings for a flight cancelled at short notice.
  • In addition, passengers can also claim compensation.
  • Cancellation amounts are: €250 euros (£218) for short-haul, €440 euros (£384) for medium-haul and €600 euros (£523) for long-haul.
  • Passengers who reach their destination more than three hours late can be compensated from €200 to €600, depending on the length of flights and delay.

For up to date details on cancellations be sure to visit our Euro Weekly News Facebook page.

THE picador who killed the bull in the Toro de la Vega celebrations in 2015 has had his dogs poisoned in his back garden in northern Spain.

Francisco Alcala, also known as ‘Cachobo’, came to his Leon home to find three of his pets dead and two in agony next to a message that read “Kchovo, murderer” and a drawing of what appears to be a bull.

According to reports there were traces of food believed to have been laced with poison.

Seprona are currently investigating the incident, one of the theories is that anti-bullfighting protestors are behind the cruel incident.

SPAIN’S central government has threatened to take total control of Cataluña’s finances while an extra 1,000 Guardia Civil officers have been sent to the region.

 Finance Minister, Cristobal Montoro, announced today (September 15) that Madrid will be taking control of “most” payments in Cataluña to “guarantee public service as much as possible” as the independence referendum looms.

 Should the Catalan government reject the plans, the central government will take full control of the region’s finances. They have been given a 48 hour period to decide.

“We are guaranteeing that no payment, not one euro, goes towards that illegal activity,” he said.

Tensions continue to rise over the Catalan referendum, with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy threatening to cut the power to buildings used for the vote, and the Constitutional Court has ordered the Guardia Civil, National Police, Mossos d’Esquadra and Local Police to act to stop it.

Cataluña’s First Minister Carles Puigdemont said with fewer than 20 days to go until the referendum “did they really think we wouldn’t vote.”

SPAIN’S tax authority, Hacienda, has yet to sit in meetings with airport unions and the government to avoid the proposed 25 days of strikes.

The key governmental department is ultimately the one who decides whether to accept the workers' demands or not, as both Aena and Enaire – the companies that manage Spain’s airports – are part of the public sector.

The Minister of Hacienda, Cristobal Montoro, argues that if the government increase their staff numbers and wages, that they would set a precedent for other public sector companies such as Correos (Post Office) and RTVE.

Airport union workers, with the support of Aena’s president Jose Ramon Vargas, said they deserve an exception as the workers are the only group within Aena that are not benefiting from the current boom in the industry.

The strikes have not yet been called and talks are continuing however unions are aware that any deal struck with the Ministry for Development must then be approved by Spain’s tax authority. 

TALKS between the government and the airport unions have not gone as well as previous meetings, with some unions “fearing the worst.”

Yesterday’s (September 12) meeting was “more technical” and also showed a distancing between the two groups, leading to further talks scheduled for today (September 13) to try and find common ground again.

The airport unions have warned that the suspended 25 days of strikes will only be called off if “all of their demands” over salary and staffing numbers are met, as they described the governments proposed changes as “insufficient.”

They are calling for a further 700 staff to help deal with Spanish airports ever increasing influx of people and more than a 1% increase to their salaries.

A full list of the proposed strike dates can be found here

A MAN was forced out of a Metro train in Madrid after hurling racial abuse at a Moroccan couple.

Witnesses defended the couple when the man allegedly began to argue that “moros” (a slang term for Moroccans) should not be allowed to travel on Spanish public transport.

Footage of the man shouting “bajate Mora” (get off the train Moroccan) while trying to drag a woman off the train went viral on social media.

Once forced to get on the platform, he says “I wish a man with a moustache [presumably Hitler] would come back and put you all in a f****** chamber.

“I would pay for the gas myself,” he added, whilst shouting “Heil Hitler” and giving the Nazi salute.

The couple were reportedly supposed to get off at the same stop but were afraid the man would be waiting for them, so a security guard got off with them at the next stop and accompanied them to their destination.

National Police are searching for the man, who could face up to four years in prison for committing a hate crime.

AIRPORT unions have suspended the 25 days of strikes after making “substantial progress” in their negotiations with the Spanish government.

The Secretary of State Infrastructure, Transport and Living and president of Enaire, Julio Gomez-Pomar, and the president of Aena, Jose Manuel Vargas, attended the meeting which put forward a new plan which the CCOO, UGT and USO unions will discuss in their next meeting with the government on September 12.

With another meeting set, the strikes have again been postponed with no dates set as a deadline.

A CCOO spokesperson said “we need to give the negotiation a chance.”

Unions are calling for salary raises above 1 per cent, a list of benefits for all workers and more staff.

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