Barcelona Airport Strike 2017
Barcelona El Prat Strike
(Save all receipts, take photo's of departure boards - you never know!)
1 February 2017 Uber is coming to town after ban in 2014. New service will use licensed drivers, is called Uber X. 30% - 40% less than a regular taxi, 5 euro minimum fare and brings competition to Cabify. Roll out starts in Madrid. Barajas to town center 20 euros.
Spanish Taxi Strike
26 April, 2017 You've landed into a taxi strike today. It will be over around 2pm in
You maybe flying into another Spanish city.
Expect demonstrations to last longer than stated.
Sevilla 10:00 - 3pm
A Coruna 10:30 - 1:30pm
Malaga 11am - 1pm
Madrid till 1pm
Abiza till 3pm
Sevilla 10 - 3pm
24 April, 2017 Arrivals regulated due to Enviromental Issues! Moderate delays!
Flights were delayed well into the late evening.
More long delays to get through customs
23 April, 2017 Not sure if it's a "go slow" or custom workers are over worked at busy Barcelona el Prat Airport by passenger load.
Passengers complaining of two hour wait time to get through customs.
Barcelona Metro Strike
Attention if you are taking Barcelona Metro too and from Barcelona El Prat Airport, workers will have 8 hours of strike action every Monday. Strikes start April 24, 2017
Madrid taxi strike for two hours starting at 11am. Drivers will demonstrate between Plaza de Colon to Cibeles - City Hall.
Same day as
Barcelona Taxi Strike.
Barcelona Taxi Strike
13 March 2017 Barcelona taxi strike, 12 hours, this Thursday, 16 March 2017. Strike to start 8am and end at 8pm. Grand march starts 10am, Arc de Triomphe then Parlament and Plaza Sant Jaume.
This is going to be bad if you are traveling to and from the airport. Somehow you know you will get caught up in it. I’d be prepared drivers likely blocking the roads to and from the airport and you may have to hoof it with your suitcase. Railway station blocked. Traffic jams.
Massive demonstrations are to take place.
Spain Barcelona El Prat airport
Mobile World Congress
Update:-16 February 2017
Barcelona El Prat Strike catering
Better bring a ham sandwich and drink.
Barcelona El Prat catering staff will strike, two 24 hour strikes, February 27 and March 2, 2017. Some 22 cafes and restaurants located turmoil 1 and 2.
Good news. You should know union members who work for Barcelona Metro voted "NO" for strike action during MWC 2017. Hallelujah!
January 29, 2016 Are you going to Mobile World Congress (MWC) planned for February 27 - March 2, 2017. It's that time of year again and Barcelona Metro threaten strike action again. This time Barcelona taxi drivers threaten to strike and demonstrate at the same time. Updates
16 January 2017 Barcelona Airport, today 10,000 taxi's causing traffic jams, delays in and around Barcelona Airport. Barcelona taxi go slow starting 11am and will last three hours.
Airport cleaners threaten more strike dates 22 and 23 December, 2016 if issues not resolved with airport management.
December 4, 2016 Barcelona garbage strike is still going on. Bring hand sanitizer and toilet paper you never know. Some of this rubbish is ripped up newspaper placed by union workers.
November 22, 2016 As you know Lufthansa pilot’s have called for 24 hour strike action tomorrow and Barcelona El Prat Airport
will be affected in some shape or form.
Flights will be effected by:-
July 15, 2016 New nationwide French general strike is being planned for Thursday, September 15, 2016. You will be inconvenienced in some shape or form.
Expect taxi, public transportation - trains, (perhaps international trains) metro, buses and maritime workers - ferries to strike along with airline and airport workers. Minimal services will be in effect. You will still be able to get around just don't expect to be on time. Expect traffic jams in Paris, Lyon.
Air France always takes the brunt of any strike action. Ryanair and Vueling may cancel some flights. Prepare for the worst, your French airport exit may be blocked by taxi’s. If so, you will have to "hoof it" with your luggage, children, elderly.
Will French air traffic controllers join in? Unfortunately this information will not be available till closer to the date. It’s customary for air traffic controllers to give 48 hours notice before any industrial action. They might ask airlines to cut back flights to and from France by 10 - 30% or not at all.
27 July 2016 You should know Air France cabin crews are striking as with second busiest airline in France Aigle Azur this week and next.
Add to this Spain’s Air Europa strike by pilots.
New French general strike is being planned.
1 July 2016 This week passengers faced long lines at El Prat airport to get through airport security and flights have been running 40 mins late. We've learned on Twitter that Swissport baggage handlers are causing grief. Transavia check-in desk one person working.
Swissport airline cleaners are on strike today till the 3rd. Effecting Lufthansa, Delta, Swiss, Singapore Airlines and Emirates. Hours of strike:-
8am - noon
2pm - 5pm
8pm - 10pm
and next week a new
Yes, issue not resolved more air traffic control strikes planned for June 3, 4, 5 and 6. Use links below. You should know about Barcelona Metro strike.
French air traffic control strike in March 2016, 36 flights were cancelled due to some flights not going to France but using/flying over French air space. Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Bristol, Rome, Bologna, Frankfurt, Charleroi.
15 May 2016 Flights from and to Barcelona El Prat Airport will likely be delayed, cancelled or brought forward due to French air traffic control strike.
French air traffic controllers will strike on Thursday May 19, 2016. (and perhaps 26 May?) If strike goes ahead airlines will be asked to cut back flights to and from France. Stay in close contact with your airline. Air France will take brunt of strike action. French national rail company SNCF is also striking.
French taxi drivers are threatening to join in.
If you are changing flights in France and have a long lay over in a French international arrivals lounge. Get a French visa as you will be sleeping on a cot in the lounge while other passengers sleep in a comfortable hotel bed with private bathroom. March 2016 saw 140 passengers sleeping on the floor at Orly Airport.
Expect knock-on effect.
Old strikes that effected flights from Barcelona
Heads up! Greek air traffic control strike this week along with the Italian air traffic controllers will strike follow along www.easytravelreport.com
Spanish Rail Strike
Leave for your Barcelona airport early. Spanish national railway RENFE and ADIF workers will strike for 24 hours on Wednesday, 00.00 - 23.00 hrs, prior to Easter 23 March, 2016. Minimal service will be announced if strike goes ahead. Trains will power down early Tuesday evening. www.easytravelreport.com for updates
World Mobile Congress is going on. City is busy. Brand new subway station opened up for it.
21 February 2016 You will be flying into a public transport strike in Barcelona this week, Monday and Wednesday 50% of service will be running during peak times. Tuesday and Thursday bus strike. Adif rail strike Monday.
Commuters disgruntled, shortage of taxi's.
Flybe/Nordic/SAS possible pilot strike Monday am, so your flight to Barcelona could be affected. Updates for this and other strikes see www.easytravelreport.com
Barcelona Airport Strike
December 17, 2015 Cleaners are on strike, bring hand sanitizer, toilet paper, toilet seat covers. Today was day three.
Tenerife Iberia Airlines
Ground workers call off strike planned for December 22 and 29th.
and other good news -
Spanish Rail Strike
Spanish national railway Renfe and Adif.
Strike was planned for 23 hours on December 18, 2015 has been cancelled.
Old news from 2015
Barcelona Airport Strike
Update:-September 14, 2015 Controllers confirm strike action for the 26th and 4th of October.
10 September 2015 Barcelona passengers have a new issue to worry about. It's likely a Spanish air traffic control strike will take place Saturday 26 September and Saturday
3 October. Strike time 10 am - 6pm. Controllers will let you know Monday what's what. Chances of it not happening are slim. Follow along on our Spanish air traffic control strike we will update on Monday.
Menzies Spanish Baggage Handler Strike
Spanish baggage Handler Strike
Handlers for Menzies Aviation
Update:-Sunday August 30, 2015 Madrid Airport is involved after all and here's Barcelona times and dates.
Barcelona Airport Sunday September 6, 10am - noon and 6pm - 8pm
Barcelona Airport Monday September 7, 10am - noon and 6pm - 8pm
Barcelona Airport Sunday September 13, 10am - noon and 6pm - 8pm
Barcelona Airport Monday September 14, 10am - noon and 6pm - 8pm
Barcelona Airport Sunday September 20, 10am - noon and 6pm - 8pm
Barcelona Airport Monday September 21, 10am - noon and 6pm - 8pm
Barcelona Airport Sunday September 27, 10am - noon and 6pm - 8pm
Barcelona Airport Monday September 28, 10am - noon and 6pm - 8pm
Call your airline your flight will likely be brought forward, delayed or cancelled. Airlines have plenty of time to work around this. By law some handlers will have to work during these strike hours. Pay attention, Spanish rail strike - if you are taking a train to and from the airports.
Barcelona El Prat
To be affected by the Spanish air traffic control strike.
Update:-24 July 2015 Strike is still on for this week-end. Meetings yesterday were a fail.
Update:- Sunday July 18, 2015 2,155 flights expect to be affected by the strike this Saturday (25th) and 1,014 on Sunday (26th). Call your airline.. Make a plan B for just in case. These numbers have been reported as sketchy
Barcelona El Prat International Airport
Update:-Friday July 10, 2015 This strike is still on. 80% of flights will leave.
29 June 2015 New Spanish air traffic control dates are in. Local times.
Saturday 11 July 2015 10am - 1pm
Sunday 12 July 2015 5pm - 8pm
Saturday 25 July 2015 10am - 1pm
Sunday 26 July 2015 5pm - 8pm
Plus baggage strike, plus taxi strike, French air traffic control...
Spanish Baggage Handlers Strike
28 June 2015 3,500 workers who work for Globalia who own Groundforce baggage handling company will strike starting from July 4, 2015.
Passengers flying on these airlines will be effected:-Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentinias, Aeromexico, Etihad Airways, Korean Air, Saudia, Air France - KLM, Alitalia, Lot, and Lufthansa.
These airports will be effected. Hopefully it’s not yours.
All local times
Barcelona El Prat:-Every Friday 8am - 10am and 7pm - 9pm
Bilbao:- Every Monday 11am - 1pm and 5pm - 7pm
Madrid:-Every Sunday Noon- 2pm and 8pm - 10pm
Seville:- Every Thursday Noon - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm
Las Palmas:- Every Wednesday 9am - 11am and 4pm - 6pm
North Tenerife:- Every Monday 1pm - 5pm
South Tenerife:- Every Friday 10am - Noon and 4pm - 6pm
French Air Traffic Control Strike (canceled)
Strike will start 0400 UTC Thursday 2 July, 2015 till 0400 UTC Saturday, 4 July, 2015
Ryanair has a baggage handlers strike going on right now at Madrid Airport. Although Ryanair announce that workers are now back to work, airline is still on alert. Ryanair adjusted to this strike by giving passengers a choice of landing in another airport, change flight to a different day or fly with no luggage. Perhaps your airline will follow a similar routine or use managers as handlers or bring in scabs.
24 June 2015 Are you taking a Lion/Leon Airlines flight? Company will stop selling tickets after 2 July 2015. Routes Palma de Mallorca, Alicante, Malaga and Barcelona.
15 June 2015 Air traffic control strike is over. Although we do notice that several flight delays are on the departure board. Vueling, Iberia and some Ryanair flights. Likely due to the bad rain today.
Spanish Air Traffic Control Strike
Announced today, Wednesday 27 May, 2015 Spanish air traffic controllers will strike.
Union of Air Traffic Controllers (USCA)
13 June 2015 Tomorrow, Sunday, busy day, expect to have delays after delays. Last day for these strikes. Controllers will be back with another strike plan sooner or later. These strikes didn't go as union planned for.
You will be late for work Monday.
9 June 2015 Yesterday's strike action, was kept to a few delays at Madrid airport in the afternoon. Barcelona had delays due to weather. Spain's minister of Development want's more dialogue and an agreement.
Now look at this. Co-inkydink! Departure board at Madrid aiport goes down at T4. Iberia asking passengers over loud speaker to go directly to gates Iberia Twitter feed
Update:-3 June, Spanish government step in and insist 70% of flights by law will have to leave. Now it's up to your airline, call them.
Times 10 am - Noon and 6 - 8 pm (local times)
Monday 8 June 2014
Wednesday 10 June 2014
Friday 12 June and Sunday 14 June.
Strike is over the punishment of 61 controllers who went on strike in 2010.
(This union's last strike was 26 years ago, represent 90% of controllers)
Spanish baggage handlers strikes
Update:-27 May 2015 These Groundforce baggage handler strikes have caused minimal disruptions - if any. On the other hand you should see what's going on at Madrid Airport
Baggage Handlers Strike
11 May, 2015 GroundForce baggage handlers will strike:-
Thursday and Friday May 14 and 15
Thursday and Friday May 21 and 22
Thursday and Friday May 28 and 29
Groundforce customers in El Prat Air Europa, Alitalia, Qatar Airways, Aeroflot,
Aer Lingus and United Airlines. They also bring the ramps to airline companies Vueling, Iberia, Air Nostrum, KLM, Air France, El Al, British Airways and Aerolineas Argentinas.
Old strikes for 2015
4 May 2015TAP Air Portugal is on strike again and if you are flying to Germany this week German trains DB Rail are on strike all week. Italian airport workers on strike this week.
Heads up a couple of general strikes you should know about that will likely effect your travel plans.
French air traffic controllers strike April and May 2015. Your flights to, over and from Barcelona Airport will be delayed. Call your airline.
Lufthansa airline strikes
Update:-Swissport strike has been cancelled.
Swissport baggage handlers and ramp workers.
Barcelona El Prat
These days are 24 hour strikes
March 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 and 29th
April 3, 4, 5 and 6th.
When’s Easter? Good Friday is April 6th, 2015
(While your at it. You might want to pass by The Museum of the History of Catalonia it’s extended the exhibit celebrating 50 years of CCOO union till May 3)
See our front page for any updates, other airports involved.
www.easytravelreport.com Your airline might have a contingency plan or perhaps your airline doesn't even use Swissport workers
27 Strikes and protests planned at Spanish airports in 2015 has been cancelled.
Barcelona El Prat Airport Strike
Cleaners for very busy Terminal 2 will strike:-
February 5th and 6th
March 5th, 6th and 31st
April 1, 2015
Toilets will be cesspool, bring TP, hand sanitizer you name it.
22 January 2014 Two industrial actions you might want to know.
Hamburg airport security strike tomorrow Hamburg Airport Strike and are you flying to London City Airport? Docklands Light Rail strike.
Old industrial actions for last year
19 October 2014 We have some air strikes you might want to know about that may effect your travel plans to and from Barcelona airport.
Old industrial actions
Italian Air Traffic Control Strike
Old industrial actions 2014
Spain, tomorrow 11 June Barcelona airport will be hit by a Spanish taxi strike. Expect roads to be blocked to airport and local train station. Madrid airport same thing. Leave early for the airport. Other strikes planned around the world this week that might effect you see ETR
7 June 2014 Flying to and from France 24 to 29 June 2014. French air traffic control strike follow along with us ETR
Old industrial actions
Flights to Germany from Barcelona delayed this week
Friday, 28 March, 2014 German airline pilots announce strike dates. Strikes start midnight Wednesday April 2nd and will end Friday, midnight the 4th of April. Local time.
Update:-25 March 2014 Email sent out by Verdi union at 7:30am today. Civil Servants strike, 53,000 workers. Airport workers strike has now spread to Munich Airport, Cologne/Bonn Airport, Dusseldorf Airport, Hamburg Airport, Stuttgart and Hannover Airports. Strike is Thursday, 27 March, 2014.
Strike will start early am and go till 2pm. Call your airline. Despicable. Germany has to change these laws.
Air traffic will not be back to normal till Friday afternoon. (Will Lufthansa pilots call strike for this week-end? Pulling a double whammy?) Public transport workers across the country are also joining in.
13 February 2014 Taking a flight to Dusseldorf today? Chances are your flight will be delayed due to airport workers on strike.
14 January 2014 Flights to and from Buenos Aires delayed due to baggage handlers strike
Old industrial actions from last year
10/10/2013 Barcelona airport today hit by Pan-European air traffic control strike. Worst hit French routes. Strike effect likely to be over by tomorrow afternoon. Call ahead. See front page August 9, 2013 First article that we've found and only one so far. Canarias 7 reporting new baggage handlers strike THIS WEEKEND. Follow along with us at Airport Strike page we update what we find. Due to start at midnight tonight in Barcelona.
Old industrial actions
Announced today, Tuesday July 2, 2013 Swissport strike, Spanish baggage handlers strike.
Barcelona El Prat July 8 and 15th 8am to midnight. Barcelona El Prat Strikes. it's possible your airline does not use Swissport workers. Prepare for worst, stay in close contact with your airline. Are you flying into another Spanish airport see Airport strike page you could be hit twice. We will update as soon as we get more information. If you know something let our viewers know. Email us.
Swissport USA, has called for other stoppages, which operates in Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga, Jerez, Almeria, Fuerteventura and Valencia and the load center of Madrid to demand "the fulfillment of several articles Collective Agreement ".
Sunday, June 30 Swissport "sabotage and coercion" by it's "suspected militant union workers . Saturday afternoon, aircraft towing tractors, buses passenger and baggage handling equipment and cargo, damaged during the whole day. Causing 50% delay of flights. Today, Sunday, flights delayed still.
June 27, 2013 Barcelona El Prat airport hit by Swissport employee strike.
28 June - July 15, 2013 Some flights will be diverted to Reus Airport. One hour away. Airlines will supply shuttle buses between the two airports. Airlines recommend "GET TO THE AIRPORT 4 HOURS EARLY".
Old industrial actions
Iberia Airline Strike
Update:- February 6 Strike dates are in.
15 strike days, by ground staff and flight attendants. 23% of workforce to be let go.
Monday to Friday February 18 - 22
Monday to Friday March 4 - 8
Monday to Friday again March 18 - 22
Last years 2012 industrial actions that we happen to catch
24 July Announced today strike has been cancelled.
Iberia Airline workers at Barcelona El Prat Airport strike. Handling services and aircraft maintenance workers will strike for six days starting. Workers turn down deal from last month.
Friday, 27 July and every Friday in August.
3 August 2012
10 August 2012
17 August 2012
24 August 2012
31 August 2912
We will keep an eye on this. Only Iberia flights to be effected.
Not so old stuff
June 2012 Groundforce Baggage/ramp workers at Barcelona El Prat airport have cancelled strikes planned for July and August. Tentative agreement has been made.
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