Spain flights chaos as strike takes hold

Air passengers faced severe disruption on flights to and from Spain today because of a 24-hour general strike by Spanish workers.

Air passengers faced severe disruption on flights to and from Spain today because of a 24-hour general strike by Spanish workers.

Budget airline Ryanair scrapped most of its flights to Spain and all of its internal ones in the country, while easyJet cancelled around half its Spanish flights.

British Airways also warned of delays and changes to its Spanish schedule due to the industrial action, which finishes at midnight tonight.

EasyJet said it had written some days ago to passengers planning on flying to Spain, offering them the opportunity to change their travel plans.

Ryanair, which last week was forced to axe 250 flights due to strike action by French air traffic controllers, called on EU leaders to act against those disrupting flights.

The Irish airline, which had to scrap dozens of Spanish services, was also hit by the Belgian strike, with the company having to axe a number of services to and from Charleroi near Brussels.

Monarch Airlines said all Spanish flights were likely to incur delays adding that “it may be necessary to cancel some flights at short notice”.

The disruption will also affect Spanish islands such as Majorca, Ibiza and the Canary Islands.

British Airways cancelled a number of flights to and from Spain today. BA and other carriers also had to axe some services to and from Brussels because of separate industrial action in Belgium.

Flights to Barcelona, Madrid and Malaga were among the early-morning services BA had to cancel.

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