Minimal impact expected from Spanish strike

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.



  1. How ridiculous that a country on it’s knees what depends on tourism should disrupt the hands that are feeding them!!!!!

    • Debra I agree….I believe that the industry is Government controlled, and why they should choose to take punitive action now, against some air traffic controllers for a dispute dating back to 2010, is as you say, ridiculous….it is a stance that has left the workforce with little choice other than to take strike action, limited as it is…..solidarity!

    • I don’t think Spain is exactly on its knees! Currently it has the fastest growing economy in Europe.

  2. Lo cierto es que los controladores de transito aéreo deben ganar un sueldo digno, eso es en el aspecto económico familiar y en el aspecto técnico-profesional debe contar con todos lo equipos necesarios para prestar un eficiente servicio de tránsito aéreo por el bien de la seguridad aérea. Y si no es así esta en todo su derecho reclamar por salvaguardar los intereses personales-familiares en especial de los explotadores de la aviación civil-comercial que son los mas beneficiados así como todos los estados en todo el mundo y todo esto para que los usuarios se sientan seguros de contar con todos los servicios en optimas condiciones para la navegación aérea. y sus vuelos tengan un final feliz. En mi País Perú así como en otros países, los controladores de transito aéreo que son militares están obligados a prestar servicio en todos los servicios de transito aéreo en caso que se encuentren en huelga por alguna circunstancia el personal civil nato de cada aeródromo se encontrara de huelga hasta que la entidad o explotador de solución a sus requerimientos sean atendidos sin dar lugar a sanciones por que sino fuera así daría lugar a nuevas huelgas de parte de los sindicatos hasta zanjar las diferencias de ambas partes y toda huelga es un derecho de todo trabajador que presta un servicio.

  3. What minimal disruption!!!
    The 7am flight from Glasgow to Fuerteventura on Saturday 8th June was delayed 10 HOURS11

  4. Hit the tourists again, who put money ino the country – very soon more and more holidaymakers will head for other European countries which are now as easily accessible, both flight and cost wise. Due to go on 8 June, first time for many years to Spain as a choice of destination, will think twice next time.

  5. I’m sure that the Air Trafffic controllers, some earning over €100,000 a year don’t care one bit about the value of British Holidaymakers.

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