Spanish Airport Handlers Set To Strike Over Bank Holiday Weekend

Folks who are hoping to fly out to Spain over the bank holiday weekend have been warned they may face lengthy delays as Spanish airport handlers are set to take part in four-day strike action.

The planned strike action will impact all airports in the country and could cause a bit of chaos and possibly even cancellations. Not ideal when you just want to get to the beach.

Sixty thousand ground staff are set to strike over pay and working conditions, it was confirmed yesterday after five hours of talks ended in deadlock.

Queues are to be expected over the weekend at Spanish airports. Credit: PA
Queues are to be expected over the weekend at Spanish airports. Credit: PA

Unión Sindical Obrera and Unión General de Trabajadoreshave said in a statement: "After five hours of meeting, and following the attitude of the employers that has prevented reaching an agreement, it has been decided to maintain the strike call to which some 60,000 workers are called."

The strike could affect up to 32,500 flights and five million travellers expected to pass through the Spanish airports over this weekend.

The strike is planned to kick off on Easter Sunday and will run through until Wednesday 24 April.

A spokesperson for easyJet said: "Due to ground handling strike action taking place in Spanish airports from 21st to 24th April, easyJet, like all airlines, is expecting some disruption to its flying programme."

Anyone due to fly to or from Spain during those dates is advised to check with their flight operator before flying and it's also strongly advised you check you the terms and conditions of your ticket.

The easyJet spokesperson added: "Although this is outside of our control, we would like to apologise to all our customers for any inconvenience and would like to reassure them we are doing all possible to minimise any disruption as a result of the industrial action."

If your flight is delayed or cancelled, you may be entitled to compensation, the Daily Mirror reports. But make sure to check the terms and conditions you agreed to when you bought your ticket and keep a note of everything that happens with your flight.

You may also be entitled to food and drink vouchers if your flight is delayed - or cancelled - but again, this depends on the conditions of the booking.

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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