Photo Credit: Passengers gather as they wait for passing the security controls at Barcelona's El Prat airport due to a strike of security agents on August 4, 2017, in Barcelona. As the tourism season in Barcelona is at its peak, security agents at the popular Mediterranean city's El Prat airport will go on strike from today in what could considerably lengthen queues for visitors. / AFP PHOTO / Josep LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
Thinking About Flying To Spain For Easter? You Might Be Delayed By Strikes
Around 60,000 airport workers will strike at airports across Spain, which may complicate Easter travel.
The airport unions, Unión Sindical Obrer and Unión General de Trabajadores, say they plan to negotiate, according to the Daily Mail. The unions are unhappy about contracts and pay, according to reports.
“The call for strikes, which [includes] some 60,000 handling workers, are called at all Spanish airports, will begin on April 20,” according to a statement given to the Daily Mail.
“This conflict affects the staff that provide services in companies in the sector, including ground handling services, aircraft and passengers, merchandise and mail, as well as the service of placing and removing gangways, which connect the aircraft with the port terminal.”
Over five million passengers will travel to Spain on some 32,000 flights during the week of Easter, according to the Daily Mail. If a strike happens, passengers should expect delays and cancellations. Large U.S. airports such as New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Atlanta offer non-stop flights to Spain.
Spain is a popular tourist destination, with over 82 million international visitors arriving in the country in 2017, according to Reuters. In 2017, more people visited Spain than the U.S. or France, The Local reports.
Spain narrowly avoided airport strikes in 2018 after successful negotiations over pay and working conditions.