The planned industrial action by Spanish air traffic controllers could be far less disruptive than feared, according to Europe’s network manager which oversees air traffic flow across the region.
The strikes, announced for June 8, 10, 12 and 14, will go ahead as planned for two hours each morning and two hours each afternoon across the country (0800-1000 UTC, 1600-1800 UTC).
Eurocontrol, Europe’s Network Manager said it had assessed the likely level of disruption together with the Spanish air navigation service provider ENAIRE and airlines on Friday afternoon.
“Minimum service and sector configurations will be very close to the standard staffing levels and for [Barcelona and Madrid towers] normal operations are expected.
It added that tango routes – which are longer routes over the Atlantic Ocean – should not be affected.
“No pretactical regulations will be applied and after the strike normal operationss are expected and according to the Spanish authorities minimum impact is anticipated,” said Eurocontrol which added that no flight cancellations have been requested by airlines with Spanish operations.
Air traffic controllers, organised by the USCA union, are disputing penalties imposed by the country’s air navigation service provider following a wildcat strike in 2010 which saw military air traffic controllers drafted in to help.