Spain strike causes cancellations

by William ASTON on March 29, 2012

Hundreds of flights in and out of Spain are now cancelled ahead of today’s general strike.

Roughly 80 per cent of all international flights to and from the country might be shelved by the walkout that unions called for in protest over austerity cuts and amendments to labour laws. Additionally, train and bus services may also be disrupted.

National carrier Iberia has had to scrap six services between London Heathrow and Madrid, while well over 240 other flights have been cancelled. Vueling – the budget carrier – has now cancelled flights from London Heathrow to Vigo and Coruña, but will still operate its daily route from London Heathrow to Bilbao.

In terms of British budget carriers, easyJet has axed an alarming 28 flights, two of which were from Gatwick to the Catalonian capital Barcelona and another from London Gatwick to Madrid. Over in EIRE, Ryanair has cancelled 44 flights, including those from Liverpool to Ibiza, Palma and Barcelona, and from Luton Airport to Reus.

A series of other airlines, inclusive of British Airways, have said that they expect to see a significant disruption to services. Any passengers affected by cancellations will be entitled to full refunds or may ask for tickets to fly on an alternative date.

In the meantime, Iberia pilots are planning 30 days’ worth of strikes that will start on April 9, according to SEPLA, the union, over a launch of the carrier’s off-shoot Iberia Express. Apparently, walkouts will be planned for every Monday and Friday up until July 20.

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