Advice for Brits travelling to Spain has been updated by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) with a new warning in place.
The alert, issued yesterday (August 1), advises all people travelling to the Mediterranean country to “consult airlines” as flights may be disrupted. The warning comes amid a number of planned airline strikes with easyJet pilots in Spain voting for nine days of action this month to demand better working conditions while Ryanair staff are set to strike on dates across a five-month period.
The latest UK Foreign Office guidance reads: “Possible strike action may cause some disruption to flights to and from Spain. You should consult your airline for updates prior to travel.”
Two Spanish Ryanair cabin crew unions, Unión Sindical Obrera (USO) and Sitcpla, have called for a strike running from August 8 through to January 7, 2023, after previous walk-outs in June and July. The industrial action will take place every week, from Monday to Thursday, and will last 24 hours, sources from USO told Euronews.
However, Ryanair has said it expects minimal disruption in Spain this winter. Among unions’ demands is a call for the 11 staff members sacked during recent strikes to be reinstated, the ECHO reports.
Lidia Aransanz, a leader for USO’s Ryanair section, said: “As the company has been unable to listen to the workers, we have been forced to call new strike days”. She also said the unions are demanding 22 days of holiday and two extra months payment per year to comply with Spanish legislation.
This new action will mainly affect the airports of Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona, Malaga, Alicante, Seville and Palma de Mallorca. Both national and international connections will be disrupted.
In a statement Ryanair said, “Ryanair has recently reached an agreement with the main Spanish CCOO union on pay, rosters and allowances for its Spanish cabin crew. Recent strikes by USO/SITCPLA have been poorly supported with minimal effect.
“Ryanair has operated over 45,000 flights to/from Spain over the last three months with less than 1% affected by crewing and Ryanair expects minimal (if any) disruption this winter.”
EasyJet has also announced further strike action with its Spain-pilots based walking out for nine days in August amid a bitter row over pay and working conditions. On Friday, the SEPLA union said on Friday said it is demanding the budget airline re-establish pilots’ working conditions from before the pandemic and union bosses also want the airline to provide its pilots with a new multi-year contract deal.
EasyJet said it was aware of an upcoming pilot strike at its bases in Barcelona, Malaga and Palma in Mallorca, Reuters reports. “We are disappointed with this action at this critical time for the industry,” the company said in a statement, adding that negotiations with SEPLA are ongoing.