Spanish strikes to cause flight delaysStrike action could affect as many as 5,300 flights this week
11 June 2015
Strike action by Spanish air traffic controllers could affect as many as 5,300 flights this week.
The action is in response to the punishment of 61 controllers who closed air space from the Barcelona Control Centre in 2010 and walked out in reaction to pay.
The action in 2010 resulted in 600,000 travellers being stranded and the Spanish government was forced to call in the army to help.
Controllers will be on strike between 10.00am -12.00pm and 18.00pm –8pm on 08, 10, 12 and 14 June.
Your airline does have an obligation to offer you assistance if your flight is delayed by a strike.
Spanish air traffic controllers strike
If you have a flight delay because of a strike, your airline has an obligation to offer you assistance if the delay is expected to go beyond a certain point.
Assistance can include food and drink and overnight accommodation, if required.
Unlike delays for other reasons, airlines are not obligated to offer compensation following a strike because strikes are usually considered to be 'extraordinary circumstances'.
ABTA flight strike advice
ABTA is the UK's largest travel association and represents travel agents and tour operators.
They have said that airlines are intending to operate all their services throughout the day but travellers should expect delays during the periods when strikes are in operation.