04/27/2012

Strikes will affect flights to Spain and Portugal

Air travellers would be wise to check on days on which flights to and from Spain and Portugal will probably be affected by flights. Several Web sites gives details.


Yesterday, 26 April, there were cancellations of some flights to and from Lisbon which were due to short strikes by Portuguese Air Traffic Controllers. Even today there may be disruptions, so passengers should check their flights.

Today it will be the turn of Madrid to suffer, as Iberia pilots strike in protest against the setting up of the new low-cost airline Iberia Express. There are also reports that easyJet at Madrid will also be striking today, tomorrow and next Wednesday, May 2.

Don't expect the GVA.ch web site to give you any details or warnings: they appear to be completely unable to put out any negative information. However, there are Web sites which do try to give an overview of all known events (mainly strikes) which could cause disruption. One that is easy to consult is that of easytravelreport.com, whilst another one is www.goneonstrike.com, yet another one is www.vacationdaysoff.com but there may well be more.

As far as Lisbon is concerned, the problems may finish today, since the easytravelreport.com site says

Lisbon Airport Portuguese air traffic controllers will strike from 6am-8am UTC 12, 13, 19, 20, and 26 April. Short but not sweet, will ripple around network.

For easyJet in Madrid, goneonstrike.com reports

Madrid EasyJet strike Friday Saturday April 27, 28 and Wednesday May 2. Potential to be very disruptive. Will effect EasyJet flights to and from Madrid. Call EasyJet

Finally, as regards Iberia, easytravelreport.com reports

Iberia pilots union SEPLA announce 30 Days of strike. Every Monday and Friday starting Easter Monday
9 April to 20 July in protest about the new subsidiary Iberia Express.
List of Iberia flights cancelled on the 30 April

This list for next Sunday, 30 April includes some Geneva flights (for which Geneva airport may inform you tomorrow!).

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