Jet2 has been forced to issue a warning to UK tourists planning to head to Spain. The airline has alerted people to possible delays due to strike action which is affecting Spain.
Currently, Air Traffic Control workers affiliated with the CCOO and USCA unions at 16 Spanish airports are on strike, affecting some of Spain’s main airports.
Disruptions to flights have been minimal so far due to what unions are calling “abusive” minimum services that workers are legally required to carry out.
“They are cornering us, and this isn’t going to end well,” said Gregorio Claros, spokesperson for the USCA union and air traffic controller in Seville. “We could continue all the way through Easter week or maybe even summer.”
The air traffic controllers in the 16 affected airports – A Coruna, Alicante-Elche, Castellon, Cuatro Vientos, El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Ibiza, Jerez, Lanzarote, La Palma, Lleida, Murcia, Sabadell, Sevilla, Valencia and Vigo – are all working for private companies as opposed to being employed by the Spanish state.
The strikes have caused Jet2 to issue a warning to anyone planning to head to the country. A Jet2 spokesperson said: “We wanted to let you know that industrial strike action is taking place Monday 27th February, supported by the Air Traffic Service in Spain. This means that flights operating to Alicante, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote (Arrecife) may be delayed.
“If you’re affected, rest assured we’ll try to keep any disruption to a minimum. Please arrive at the airport at least two hours before your departure time. Check-in closes 40 minutes before a flight’s scheduled departure time.
“For up-to-date information, please check this web page again, as well as the departure screens and listen out for any announcements. We’ll have you on your way as soon as we can.”