Spain. Strikes and other news

The Swissport unions have announced a strike for Monday, February 27, Tuesday, February 28, and Thursday, March 1 in 17 spanish airports. The walkout will continue every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday until March 13.

In the airports at Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona-El Prat, Reus, Alicante, Valencia, Murcia, Málaga, Almera, Salamanca, Valladolid, Burgos, Logroño, Zaragoza, Huesca, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, and Tenerife Sur, Swissport Handling offers its services.

With the exception of the airports in Gran Canaria and Tenerife Sur, where it aids executive aviation firms, and the airports in Madrid and Malaga, where it performs air cargo handling services, it offers passenger and ramp handling services at all of these facilities.

Its clients include Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Air France, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Emirates, Finnair, Iberia Express, Icelandair, Iran Air, KLM, Lufthansa, Swiss, Turkish Airlines and Vueling.

Depending on the minimum services established by the Ministry of Public Works, there could be some flight delays and slower operations. Follow developments, confirm flight reservations and contact your airline for more information on whether your flight will be affected.

Iberia Regional Air Nostrum pilots call an indefinite strike starting 27 February. Every Monday and Friday this inactivity will affect the company’s bases and work centers. Air Nostrum, a franchisee of Spanish flag carrier Iberia, operates a network of regional domestic and international flights under Iberia codes.

Significant flight disruptions (delays and cancelations) are expected throughout these periods.
Travelers are advised to confirm the status of their flights and contact the airline for more information.

Air traffic controllers in control towers managed by private companies will continue on 27 February. The cancelled services could reach 84 % at some airports.

Although the strike is called for private control towers, other airports could be affected by delays in rotations if a previous flight has operated at one of the affected airports.

It should be noted that the strike will not take place at all airports, but at the following airports:

A Coruña, Alicante-Elche. Castellón, Cuatro Vientos, El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Ibiza, Jerez, Lanzarote, La Palma, Lleida, Murcia, Sabadell, Seville and Valencia.

For commercial flights with routes to or from non-peninsular territories, minimum services range from 52% in Lérida to 84% in A Coruña, depending on the estimated occupancy. In the case of routes with foreign or Spanish cities where the journey time by road is at least five hours, minimum services range from 44% in La Palma to 57% in Alicante. For journeys which can be replaced by other means of public transport in less than five hours, the minimum services are between 18% in Castellón and 30% in Vigo.

Arrive at airports early to avoid having your seat assigned to a standby passenger. Contact the airlines to confirm flight status.

Palma de Mallorca. Red Alert for snow
The National Meteorological Institute has issued an Extreme Risk level in the area of the Sierra Tramontana, which may cause minor accumulations at lower altitudes, even reaching sea level. Flight delays and cancellations may occur. Reconfirm your flights on the airport websites.

Incidents on some railway lines to Galicia
Due to work at the Monforte de Lemos station, some Medium and Long Distance services are suffering incidents and are having to complete part of the journey by train. Some of the routes affected include the Alvia Vigo – Barcelona, A Coruña – Barcelona in both directions. An increase in journey times is expected.

Strikes at Cologne/Bonn and Düsseldorf airports

The Verdi union, has called on all public sector employees in the Cologne, Bonn and Dusseldorf area to take part in a strike that will last throughout Monday. Among other things, there will be considerable restrictions on public transport in the region. At Cologne/Bonn airport, the first groups of workers will begin strikes on Sunday night into Monday. Shortly afterwards, they will begin at Düsseldorf airport. The strikes will end on Tuesday night. Strikes at Cologne/Bonn airport will end on Tuesday night.
The Verdi union said previous strikes at seven German airports caused thousands of flight cancellations. Several airports had to suspend scheduled passenger operations. The union has said that previous strikes at seven German airports caused thousands of flight cancellations.

Anticipate arrival at the airport to check in luggage and pass through security.