Airport strikes scheduled in Spain

AIRLINE passengers could be facing potential disruptions to travel plans as the two main unions at AENA – Spain’s airport operator – have called 27 days of strike between February 11 and the end of August.

In protest about the partial privatisation of the firm, the strikes will hit maintenance, power and firefighting services, among other key airport areas, according to Reuters. The first strike is scheduled for February 11 and a series of one-day strikes are planned during the peak summer travel season of July and August.

The first strike will coincide with the day the state will list 49 per cent of the company – 21 per cent to an investment group and 28 per cent on the stock market – in its biggest privatisation in 18 years. The CCOO and USO unions say that they reject the entry of private capital into the company.

The two groups represent around 70 per cent of AENA’s 9,000 workers at 46 airports and two heliports in Spain. It is not yet known how much disruption to flights the strikes will cause. Early reports say that seven strike days are scheduled for July and five more in August.

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