Spain’s Airport Strike Called Off

A 22-day strike by Spanish airport officials scheduled for the busy Easter and summer period has been averted. Holidaymakers can now breathe a sigh of relief and plan their holidays in the sun this Easter and summer.

Spanish airport workers had feared that the government was going to part privatise national airport operator AENA. There had been growing anxiety that any such action would lead to job cuts, with the government arguing that the move was an attempt to stave off the country’s growing financial problems.

All inbound and outbound Spanish flights would have been severely disrupted had the planned walkouts by 12,500 workers gone ahead. The strike was called off after an agreement was reached between the airport authorities, AENA and trade unions. Despite the global economic downturn, Spain has enjoyed an upturn in visitors and this latest development is very welcome news indeed. Accommodation and car hire in Spain is big business with millions of British and international visitors booking well in advance to get the best deals. With the current turmoil in the Middle East, more holidaymakers are turning to Spain to enjoy their summer vacation.

Isaías Táboas, Spanish Secretary of State for Transport, noted: “There will be 180 million airline seats in supply over coming months, a 7.4 percent increase on the previous summer. We are therefore preparing to reach record levels of travellers”. There are 25 new air services starting this summer between the UK and Spanish resorts. Ryanair has nine new services, 8 sevices, bmibaby 3 new services whilst British Airways and easyJet have 2 each. 

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