Holidaymakers Face Chaos as Spanish Airports Prepare for Strike

Holidaymakers looking for a quick holiday in Spain this Easter are facing flight chaos as 60,000 ground handling staff prepare to strike

Flight industry unions in Spain say they are still willing to negotiate over pay and conditions but if no agreement is reached, they are calling for a walkout from Easter Saturday, April 20, 2019.

The strike would affect all Spanish airports, The unions have confirmed that the strike would affect all Spanish airports.

“The USO air sector, together with UGT, has presented a conciliation request prior to the call for a state strike against Aseata, the employer representing all the companies in the ground assistance sector,” said a spokesman.

“The call for strikes, which some 60,000 handling workers, are called at all Spanish airports, will begin on April 20th.”

“This conflict affects the staff that provide services in companies in the sector, including ground-handling services, aircraft and passengers, merchandise and mail, as well as the service of placing and removing gangways, which connect the aircraft with the port terminal,” the spokesman added.

The strike is likely to cause long queues, delays and cancellations to flights.

Around five million passengers are set to travel over the Easter holiday and 32,500 flights are scheduled to operate.