Spanish Airport Strike 2018

​      Barcelona Airport strikes
Summer 2018 follow along with 

Update:-Thursday June 28, 2018 Another meeting today, yesterdays meeting went well according to union.

Update:-27 June, 2018 Passengers waiting for bomb to drop. Spanish controllers and government reps met today. This evening nothing in the news
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Update:-12 June, 2018 Controllers cancel strike for June 20th and state we will strike somewhen in July, maybe. Just great leaving us and you clueless.

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​Barcelona el Prat air traffic control will hold 24 hour strikes during the summer. So far only date announced is Wednesday June 20, 2018. Air traffic control for Madrid and the Balearic Island also claim air traffic control state they are over worked. See Spanish air traffic control strikes

Strikes from 2017
Madrid Airport Imploding
Aena strike, company that runs Spanish airports.
Aena union workers (CC.OO, UGT and US0, thousands of members combined) will strike from Friday, 15 September, 2017 if they do not get a response on talks by August 16th. (15th August is a public holiday)
Strike will consist of 25 days of strike action, 24 hours long lasting till 30 December, 2017.
September 15, 17, 22, 24 and 29th.
October 1, 6, 11, 15, 27, 30 and 31st. (Oct 12, public holiday)
November 3rd and 5th. (November 1 public holiday)
December 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30th. (December 6th, 8th and 25th public holidays)
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Barcelona  El Prat Airport security strikes

Madrid airport strikes

Spanish air traffic controllers will announce two days of strike action. 

HEADS UP Spanish air traffic control strike planned for October 3, 2015 has been cancelled. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 6am - 6pm (local time)
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 6am - 6pm (local time) Follow along with us Baggage handlers are also on strike in September.

Old actions for 2015

Heads up UK National Rail Strike dates in June. (UK rail strike cancelled again)

​Update:-Wednesday July 22, 2015 All parties to meet tomorrow, Thursday.

Spanish air traffic control will not strike in August, but expect strike action in September 2015.

Spanish air traffic controllers will strike.
Update:-20 July, 2015 Sorry to tell you strikes planned for 25/26 July are still on.

Update:-8 July 2015 80% of flights by law must leave during these strike hours.
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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

See for updates on this and other strikes, like the French air traffic control strike.

  Spanish Baggage Handlers Strike
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.
Which airport are you flying into? These airports will be effected.
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

Canary Islands 
Las Palmas:- Every Wednesday 9am - 11am and 4pm - 6pm
North Tenerife:- Every Monday 1pm - 5pm
South Tenerife:- Every Friday 10am - Noon and 4pm - 6pm

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.
Ryanair Baggage Handlers Strike 
Madrid Airport Strike. .

Baggage handler strike will start Saturday May 30. No end date given.
20 -30% of workers to be given the heave ho. This is a very busy hub for Ryanair - over 40 destinations. You know the routine, just bring hand luggage. Perhaps Ryanair will bring in outside workers. Passengers who are already on holiday in Spain must be @!*&^#!! 
See our Madrid Airport Strike page
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​ and strike old that might still have some links to

Spanish air traffic control strike 2015
Update:- 14 June 2015 Last day. Flight delays all over Spain. Call the office you will be late for work tomorrow! Controllers will be back with another set of strike action sooner or later.

Update:-Saturday June 6, 2015 Meeting yesterday was fruitless, strike still on. With 70% of flights leaving it will keep disruptions down to a minimum frustrating controllers (they will be back more agressive, after these round of strikes are over with) Airlines can easily work around this

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.

Announced today, Wednesday 27 May, 2015 Spanish air traffic controllers will strike.
Union of Air Traffic Controllers (USCA)
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)
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These baggage handlers strike have been, I hate to say it - harmless. No major disruptions have been reported in the news.

​Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport
Groundforce (UGT union) Baggage Handlers Strike - indefinitely.
Starts Saturday 16, May 2015 between the hours (local times)
Noon - 2 pm
8 pm - 10 pm.
Expect flight delays and delivery of luggage. Call your airline. These workers do not work for Ryanair.


Barcelona El Prat International 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.
Barcelona El Prat Airport
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Whose next? Rather whose left?

Old strikes for 2015
7 April, 2015 Spanish flights likely to be delayed by French air traffic control strike April and May 2015.

PS Now it's time Swissport baggage handlers strike. 


           Overall 27 Strikes 
(Nothing’s easy in Spain is it?)

Strike dates:-
Spread out between 11 February, 2015 and August 31, 2015.

That’s 22 days of 24 hour strikes 
and 5 days partial strikes.

Crucial dates of course, Easter and summer holiday’s.

​Friday, February 6, USO union planned demonstrations 10 am to noonat all work stations.

February 11 (day airports go up for sale) 10 am to 1pm.
March 18 length?
March 19 and 22 are 24 hour strikes.

(When is Easter? - 
Good Friday April 3rd, Easter Monday April 6th both days are Spanish national public holidays)

April 1 is a 15 - 24 hour strike day?
April 2, 5, 6 will see 24 hour strikes. 
April 30th workers will strike from 15 - 24 hours?

May 14 and 17, are 24 hour strikes but only in Madrid.
​Spring now summer
June 3 will see a 15 - 24 hour strike?
June 4, 7 and 30th will all see 24 hour strikes.

July 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 15 and 31st all 24 hour strikes

(August 15th Assumption Day, national public holiday)

August 1, 2, 14, 30 and 31st all 24 hour strikes

(We will be double checking these times and dates)

Workers participating:-
Maintenance, power, firemen and other key areas?
(key areas means? Baggage handlers? No, baggage handlers are not involved as they do not work for Aena. Airport security? Will update when we get information)

Spanish airport operator Aena up for sale, hasn't made payroll for the last three years. Aena is the world's largest airport operator, carries 195 million passengers yearly.
Spanish airport workers unhappy with the government selling of 49%, partial privatization to most likely a foreign company and future job losses. Bloated, 9,000 employees, 46 airports and 2 heliports. Includes London - Luton, Mexico and Colombia airports.

Two main unions represent 70% of Aena workers CCOO and USO have called for strike action.

I’m forever optimistic that there will be so much backlash for the unions that perhaps they will cancel strike action over Easter. You can hear the crashing of hotel bookings to the floor already ruining the fragile as it is Spanish economy. National airline Iberia is already owned by the Brits/Qatar 10% and running at a profit. 

If you have to maneuver around these strike dates, remember flights won’t be back to normal for a good 24 hours afterwards. Workers won’t be in any hurry to move you along. 

So far Spanish air traffic control are not joining in. Last time they had a strike the army took over Spanish air space, thankfully. Thousands of passengers left stranded some without hotels and cash. 
Do you remember Britain sent an aircraft carrier to pick up stranded English tourists? Who by the way new exactly what they were going into and didn’t want to loose money with the booking and ended up paying big time with extras. Perhaps UK tour operators should have been more responsible. Car rental's were none existent. A few controllers even ended up with jail time, naturally they are tentative. Some may not show up for work, which is so painful for the Canary Islands. We will be watching them.

Worst case scenario that we’ve seen in Spain was:-
Remember to have room on your credit card for added expenses such as extra nights hotel room and food. Only expensive rooms will be available or dives, if you can find one. Your hotel will likely kick you out because new tourists will be arriving. Where’s the love? Canary Islands for another day, can't be all bad... Can it?

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