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Spanish general strike hits air travel

EasyJet, Ryanair and Iberia cancel flights


A general strike in Spain is disrupting travel to the country

Airlines including EasyJet, Ryanair and Spanish national carrier Iberia have cancelled flights between the UK and Spain in advance of a general strike due to start on Thursday 29 March.

Reports suggest up to 80% of flights in and out of Spain could be cancelled as a result of the strike called by unions in protest at austerity measures by the Spanish government.

Refunds for cancellations

If your flight is affected by the strike you have under the Denied Boarding Regulations and should be offered a choice of a refund or re-routing to your final destination.

You are also entitled to phone calls and refreshments, as well as accommodation if you are stranded overnight.  

You are unlikely to get as airlines consider strikes to be a extraordinary circumstances that are beyond their control. However, your travel insurance may cover you against strikes.

Cancelled flights

EasyJet has published details of flights affected and is offering refunds or a free transfer to another flight. EasyJet services affected included flights between London and Barcelona, Madrid, and Malaga.

Ryanair is also publishing details of cancelled flights, which include services from Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Liverpool, Manchester and East Midlands airports.

Iberia has cancelled 12 flights between London and Spain, and is updating its schedule here.

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