With just a month left to go before that long-awaited spring holiday arrives, you might already be planning your itinerary or still deciding where you’d like to go. For those of you leaning towards an Easter holiday in Spain, be prepared. Spanish airport workers plan to strike, which will inevitably disrupt the travel plans of millions.AENA and the Spanish airport worker’s unions have now reached a preliminary deal, thus calling off all planning strike days. Earlier this week, reaching an agreement seemed out of the picture but as of now, March 17th, 2011, the 22 days of strikes that would have disrupted millions of passengers have been called off.
As of now, 22 days of strike are proposed between Easter weekend and the summer holidays. Airline companies like Ryanair are protesting, pushing the EU to take action to prevent the travel chaos that happened this time last year. The strikes, should they go as planned, will disrupt millions of passengers connecting and travelling to/from Spain this season, starting April 20th, 2011.
Workers have chosen dates in May, June, July and August to strike should their dispute with Aena, the state-owned firm that runs all of the country’s airports, remain unsolved. Aena plans to sell off up to 49% of the company to private investors which would privatise both Barcelona and Madrid’s main airports, effectively impacting job numbers and working conditions. Both Ryanair and BMIBaby made public statements this week urging the two groups to resolve their differences before the holidays arrive and millions of travellers are stranded.
Should the workers go ahead with their pending strikes, it is estimated a low cost airline like Ryanair will have to cancel 300 flights, effecting the plans of around 57,000 passengers over a single weekend. Spain welcomes more than 44 million tourists a year, a whopping 15 million of them come from the UK.
Are you planning a trip to Spain this Easter?