Tomorrow starts the wave of strikes called by workers of different airlines for this final stretch of the summer. The claims are diverse, but the planned timetable, if it is finally executed, will affect all of Spain: the 13 bases that Ryanair has in Spain and the airports of El Prat and Madrid-Barajas, where it is Iberia's ground staff that stops .
The most affected this weekend will be the Barcelona airport, as it will face the stoppages of Iberia's land crews, which coincide with the indefinite strike by security guards. All this on one of the weekends of the end of August, which is when the airport registers more activity, with an average of a thousand daily operations.
Iberia's ground personnel start tomorrow their two-day strike day, which will affect the entire weekend (there will also be a strike next) and for now it has also splashed the Vueling airline, which has had to cancel more of a hundred flights (affecting 18,000 users).
The Ministry of Development on Thursday decreed the minimum services for these stoppages. Specifically, it is 53% of national and international flights. In Iberia, the ground staff of the El Prat airport will stop again, if the conflict is not resolved before, on August 30 and 31.
Drivers in Palma
Passport controllers at the Palma de Mallorca airport will vote this noon if they also go on an indefinite strike after midnight. Where appropriate, the claims are salary. According to Aena, a total of 718,240 travelers will pass through the Balearic airports on 4,616 flights scheduled for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The final traca, Ryanair
Those who have planned an extensive stoppage schedule are the workers of the low-cost airline Ryanair. Flight attendants convened stoppages this week for days 1, 2, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29 September. The pilots also voted yesterday to promote pressure measures, such as the strike, although they did not specify the dates of the strikes.
In the case of Ryanair workers, the protest is about the closure of three airline bases in our country. They are those of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Girona, whose closure, in the case of the first two, is scheduled for January. These are very crowded bases and located in very tourist destinations.
That's why workers fear there are about 500 layoffs if they close. The unions of the flight attendants meet this midday with the company to agree on minimum services.
The low-cost airline already warned in February that it could close bases for the regular evolution of its business due to the uncertainty of 'Brexit'. To this is added the delay in the delivery of 737 MAX aircraft to Boeing. Ryanair had the devices for summer but deliveries are suspended.
The Irish company has 13 bases in Spain. In 2011, due to the bad situation of the company, some destinations were abolished, such as Palma de Mallorca, Alicante, Granada, Santander, Valladolid or Zaragoza.
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