Thursday 21 September 2017

Spanish leader attacked as airports return to normality

Spanish national police guard the security control entrance at Barajas Airport in Madrid during the air strike. Photo: AP/PAUL WHITE
Spanish national police guard the security control entrance at Barajas Airport in Madrid during the air strike. Photo: AP/PAUL WHITE

Edward Owen in Madrid

Spanish airports started a slow return to normality yesterday after the walkout by air traffic controllers that tarnished the tourism industry and left the country's already beleaguered prime minister assailed by criticism.

As the weekend crisis escalated, the conservative opposition questioned why Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero left his deputy, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, to deal with it.

The veteran socialist crushed the strike with brutally decisive action, although the damage to the economy was already calculated at €352m.

Aena, the Spanish state airports authority, announced yesterday that airports were operating normally while airlines were trying to cope with the backlog.

Ryanair and easyJet said their planes were operating as normal and Ryanair put on three extra flights to the Canary Islands.

Some 650,000 passengers were affected by the unauthorised walkout on Friday evening, which coincided with a Spanish bank holiday weekend. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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