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This is the spanish airport strike

Update: Closer to an agreement at the last meeting on 15. September. No strikes in September.

airport alicante el altet

Alicante airport El Altet

Updated 17. September: At the meeting on Friday 15. September between the Unions, AENA and The Ministry of Infrastructure, the parties have come closer to a solution. An agreement could be signed soon. There will be more negotiations in September, with the next meeting on Tuesday 19. September. The unions have also chosen to postpone the announced strikes awaiting the outcome of the negotiations, which are expected to be completed during September. Since the law requires a 10 day full notice before a strike, there will be no strikes in September.

Only a collapse in the negotiations will activate the strike, but the unions have also promised that if their demands are not met, the strike will be irrevocably called during late October.

Aena and the airport unions CCOO, UGT and USE are still trying to get to an agreement to avoid the strike. Last monday there was a meeting between the parties with a positive outcome. Aena admitted that wages and staff numbers have to be increased and are looking into how this can be done.

The unions have however made it clear that the strike has not been called off and that it will take place if the negotiations are not moving towards a solution.

After the strike at the El Prat airport in Barcelona earlier this summer, the strike is about to spread to all airports run by Aena in Spain. Airport unions have announced 25 days of strike that are spread out over the coming months, including Christmas holidays. Each strike will last for 24 hours.

The strike will affect a wide range of personnel, such as security personnel, car parking, refueling service personnel, baggage handling, retail, catering, maintenance of control towers etc.

The strikes are planned for the following dates

September: 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 All strikes for September have been cancelled
October: 1, 6, 11, 15, 27, 30, 31. Strikes for beginning of October are not likely to be conducted
November: 3, 5
December: 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.

Airport staff have lost up to 8% spending power over the last years due to inflation and higher taxes. The staff has asked for a 7%  rise in their salary and also demanded that more staff should be hired with a permanent contract. The increased air traffic in Spain is the main reason more staff is needed.

What to do

Earlier this summer, travellers at Barcelona airport ended up waiting four hours to get through the security control during a strike. Since there are so many different services that will  be affected by the announced strike, not only the security personell, there are several scenarios that may occur. Passengers might end up waiting at the gate to board the plane or once you have entered, the plane might end up waiting for refuelling or other critical services.

Will my flight get cancelled?

Although the strike should only result in delays and longer queues, some flights might get cancelled as has been seen before in such situations.

It still remains to see if there actually is going to be a strike, but if you are travelling on one of these dates here are some things that you can do:

  • Travel with only hand luggage
  • Be at the airport a lot earlier than usual and prepare for long queues
  • Bring something to eat and drink
  • Bring something to pass the time while you are waiting

Which airports will be affected

The unions are planning strikes on all the 48 airports that are run by AENA. These are:
A Coruña (LCG)
Albacete (ABC)
Algeciras (AEI)
Alicante-Elche (ALC)
Almería (LEI)
Asturias (OVD)
Badajoz (BJZ)
Barcelona-El Prat (BCN)
Bilbao (BIO)
Burgos (RGS)
Ceuta (JCU)
Córdoba (ODB)
El Hierro (VDE)
Fuerteventura (FUE)
Girona-Costa Brava (GRO)
Gran Canaria (LPA)
Granada-Jaén F.G.L. (GRX)
Huesca-Pirineos (HSK)
Ibiza (IBZ)
Jerez (XRY)
La Gomera (GMZ)
La Palma (SPC)
Lanzarote (ACE)
León (LEN)
Logroño-Agoncillo (RJL)
Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez (MAD)
Madrid-Cuatro Vientos (LECU)
Málaga-Costa del Sol (AGP)
Melilla (MLN)
Menorca (MAH)
Murcia-San Javier (MJV)
Palma de Mallorca (PMI)
Pamplona (PNA)
Reus (REU)
Sabadell (QSA)
Salamanca (SLM)
San Sebastián (EAS)
Santander-Seve Ballesteros (SDR)
Santiago (SCQ)
Sevilla (SVQ)
Son Bonet (LESB)
Tenerife Norte (TFN)
Tenerife Sur (TFS)
Valencia (VLC)
Valladolid (VLL)
Vigo (VGO)
Vitoria (VIT)
Zaragoza (ZAZ)

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