The National Union of Air Traffic Controllers called a 4 day strike last week which will take place on 8, 10, 12 and 14 June across the whole of Spain, affecting at the very least, 800 flights carrying in excess of 30,000 passengers in Alicante alone.
This is the first strike called by the Union in 26 years, was done so with it the support of 81% of the vote which took in over 90% of union members.
A spokesman said that the action is being called for two hours each morning, 10-12am, and two hours each afternoon, 6-8pm, across the country, saying this was in response to the sanctions handed down by Aena to 61 air controllers in Barcelona dating back to 2010.
In Alicante Airport, the strikes will affect the 800 scheduled flights (inputs and outputs) and about 30,000 passengers.
The strikes were originally called for last March but were postponed in the wake of the Germanwings air tragedy.
Once again air passengers will be affected by a strike of air traffic controllers taking place as the summer tourist season begins in the country in earnest, threatening to disrupt the industry that is responsible for generating over 10% of the nation’s economy.
When we made contact with the airport operator AENA, they refused to comment saying only that the matter was being dealt with as a matter of the utmost urgency.
Five years ago, the government called in the army to take over control towers to try to break up a wildcat strike by air traffic controllers over pay and conditions which paralysed airports and stranded thousands of passengers.
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