Easter travel chaos warning as Spanish airport handler strikes to go ahead – Daily News

Easter travel chaos warning as Spanish airport handler to go ahead –
#Easter, #travel, #chaos, #warning, #Spanish, #airport, #handler, #strikes, #ahead  Easter holidaymakers face travel misery as Spanish airport handlers confirmed plans for a mass walkout over the busy weekend.  The strike action will hit all airports in the country and could lead to massive delays, and even cancellations for millions of travelers.  Travellers are being warned to prepare for delays as 60,000 ground staff are set to walk off the job at the weekend in a strike over pay and conditions for ground handling crews.  The strike was confirmed tonight after five hours of talks ended in deadlock in a decision which could affect the nearly 5 million travellers on 32,500 flights expected to pass through ’s airports over the holiday weekend.  The four-day strike is expected to start on Easter Sunday and could continue until Wednesday, April 24.  A spokesperson for told the Evening Standard: “Due to ground handling strike action taking place in Spanish airports from 21st to 24th April, , like all airlines, is expecting some disruption to its flying programme.”  All passengers flying to and from Spain could be affected and should check with their flight operator.   added: “Although this is outside of our control, we would like to apologise to all our customers for any inconvenience and would like to reassure them we are doing all possible to minimise any disruption as a result of the industrial action.”  In what looks set to be a week of travel pain for Spain Easter holidaymakers, the latest industrial action comes on top of a pilot strike at Air Nostrum, which cancelled 148 flights earlier this week as pilots began their six-day strike that continues over the Easter weekend.  Yesterday the airline had yet to confirm whether it would cancel Easter weekend flights too, according to local media reports.  Some Airlines have been announcing measures to try to ease the disruption set to be caused by the strike.  Air Europa tweeted that it would open its online check in for all flights departing Spain this Sunday 72 hours early. Will it affect you?  The strike affects all airports in Spain during the peak Easter week which is expected to see around five million passengers travelling and 32,500 flights scheduled to operate across the Aena-managed airports affected.  A strike by ground staff is likely cause long queues and delays to flights at some locations which could lead to a large number of cancellations.  It is expected to affect the service of placing and removing gangways, which connect the aircraft with the terminals.  Although by Spanish law, unions have to abide by “minimum services” regulations, the strike will hit all Spanish airports with varying degrees at one of the busiest times of the year.   The Spanish Government has set the minimum service required at between 100 per cent and 38 per cent of the norm, depending on the length and location of the flights and whether they are national or international. What happens if your flight is cancelled?  Check the terms

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