Spanish Air Traffic Control Strikes 2018
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Fuerteventura Tourist Board Is ready for you. Island has available 1,300 hotel beds in 14 hotels to accommodate passengers displaced by Spanish air traffic control strike.

Train ticket sales up 27% across France during June’s air traffic control strike.

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17 July, 2018 Your flight could be delayed during next Italian air traffic control strike. Strike is planned for Saturday, 21 July, 2018 

Spanish Air Traffic Control Strikes

UPDATE:-4 July, 2018 Great news air traffic control union sign a tentative agreement, yesterday.

Updates for you 3 July, 2018 News will be out today regarding Spanish air traffic controllers deal is closer to being done. Ryanair Irish pilots will announce results of balloting. Compulsory 7 days notice has to be given by law for any strike action.
Lastly Italian air traffic control strike planned for the 5th of July has been deferred to Saturday 21 July, 2018. French air traffic control still strenuous situation.
Update:-Thursday 21 June, 2018 Barcelona El Prat air traffic control give Spanish government 48 hours to come up with some sort of relief.  So your good for today and tomorrow. Talk about walking around on egg shells.  Well your not off the hook for this week-end --
Another French air traffic control strike starts this Saturday and ends early Monday morning. Airlines will start slowing down Friday afternoon. Passengers being hit either end of holiday time. Disgraceful. Just to ad to this Italian air traffic control will strike the 5th July. Air France issue is not resolved 

Update:-19 June, 2018 We find nothing in the news today. Everything speculation. We feel your pain. We have nothing new for you except:- Brussels airlines  threaten strike action along with CZ airlines and a general strike is being planned in Argentina if you are flying that way. For updates on all of this see Easy Travel Report

Update:-12 June, 2018 June strike is off the books, cancelled. Controllers threaten strike action some when in July, NO DATE SET, YET

30 May, 2018 Spanish air traffic control threaten strike action summer 2018. All parties meet tomorrow. First and only strike announced is planned for 20 June, 2018.
June 1, 2016 It's not Spanish air traffic control it's the French air traffic control causing problems with your flight today. Or the weather...  
You should know two Spanish airports are threaten strike action

​ Spanish Air Traffic Control Strike
​Spanish air traffic control Atico
a public company who own 51% of Aena signed Thursday 17 December 2015 a contract with the Trade Union of Air Traffic Controllers (USCA) good till 31 December 2020. Maintaining a continued period of stability! 

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

Update:-Sunday 27 September 2015 More departure delays from Barcelona and Madrid today. Estimates as high as 40% of flights have been delayed in some shape or form. (We think controllers are milking the situation, flights should be back to normal by Sunday afternoon) See Madrid and Barcelona for delays.

Update:-September 14, 2015 Controllers confirm strike action for the 26th and 4th of October.

September 10, 2015 Spanish air traffic controllers will announce Monday whether or not to have two days of strike action. 
Day's that are threatened:-
Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 6am - 6pm (local time)
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 6am - 6pm (local time)
(We recommend you change your flight, a certain percentage of flights will go. Book yourself a hotel room now, at your airport, you can always cancel closer to the date. (What are the chances of union workers not voting for strike action? - slim. We will update on Monday.)


August 31, 2015 Baggage handler strike is planned for September - Malaga, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona and Alicante airports see

Update:-3 August 2015 Controllers will not strike this month. September could very well see strike action.

Update:-23 July 2015 Strike is still on, no agreement made today. More information out tomorrow.

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.
Update:- Saturday 11 July 2015 
Strike impact minimal today. 6,010 flights today, 1,104 between 10am - 1pm. So there you have it. Delays have been reported of 20 mins. (we suspect tomorrow evening to have more effect. The thought of having to stay over another night could be disconcerting. Call your boss)

Update:-8 July 2015 80% of flights by law must leave during these strike hours. 
(Personal opinion. This must be frustrating for the union, to have minimal impact. Sooner or later they will be back with something worse)

Update:-Tuesday 7 July 2015 meetings to take place tomorrow. Strike is still on.

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 you've got the baggage handler strike starting July 4, plus taxi strike see

15 June Spanish air traffic control strike done with. Several delays across Spain today due to weather. Controllers will meet this week to decide what to do next.

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
Madrid delays at ourairports
​Ryanair flight leaving from Girona to Stansted at 9:30 am yesterday ended up leaving 11:30pm due to mechanical problems not Spanish air traffic control strike - nasty.

8 June strike still on, now fog in the equation at Tenerife North today atcpress

Update:-3 June, Spanish government step in and insist 70% of flights by law will have to leave. That's a great help. Now it's up to your airline, call them)

Union of Air Traffic Controllers (USCA)

Dates:-Monday 8 June 2014 
Wednesday 10 June 2014
Friday 12 June and Sunday 14 June, 2015

Times 10 am - Noon and 6 - 8 pm (local times)

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)

You should also know perhaps:-
UK National rail strike, Greek airport strike Don't forget Iceland baggage handler strike, Ryanair baggage handler strike, Madrid baggage handler strike and Barcelona..
See them all and some front page.
​(UK national rail strike has been called off for the second time, but the i's not dotted)

(We remember last Spanish strike. Which had air space closed for days. Hotels were hard to find. Availability was either top, top of the line or places you would not put your enemy up in. Hoteliers were in a real quandary. Should they kick guests out just in case the guest for that week showed up.

Passengers changed flight to leave from Portugal or French airports.

Do you remember England sent an aircraft carrier to the rescue!

Rental cars equally hard to find. Car ferries and trains were booked up, months prior. 

As situation's go airlines can work around this, call your airline. Save every receipt, take photo's of the departure board. Know your rights. Make sure you have room on your credit card for extra hotel rooms and food.

Pure speculation - we think Spanish goverment will settle this issue quickly and it won't drag on into the summer. Spanish economy needs the money. Now see me eat my words)

​Remember compensation:-
Delayed 2 hours - meal, drink and telephone call. (Does this mean international call?)
​In Germanay Lufthansa gave out bottled water and a sweet wrapped thing)

If the flight leaves following day they will provide hotel and transportation to and from hotel/meal.

Monitary compensation is available from 250 - 600 euros depending on the distance. We are not up to date on this.

March 2015 air traffic control strike cancelled. ATC decided to cancel due to Germanwings disaster.


June 2014 Spain will sell 49% of it's air traffic control (ENAV) 


Spain 31 October 2012 ATC, AENA Spanish air traffic controllers agree to possible 1,600 layoffs reuters
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Spanish Air Traffic Controllers Strike 2018