Monday 20 January 2020

Travellers face Spain air chaos

Allison Bray

THOUSANDS of Irish air passengers face travel chaos tomorrow as Spanish workers down tools as part of a national general strike.

The one-day strike, called by unions to protest against Spanish government plans to change labour laws, means only 20pc of flights are expected to travel to Spain, the Canaries and Balearic Islands.

Public transport in Spain will also be seriously affected by the strike action, as commuter and subway trains are expected to run at a third of normal capacity during peak hours and even less often during off-peak hours, while buses will run infrequently.

Aer Lingus -- which has 16 scheduled flights in and out of Spain on Thursday -- said approximately 3,000 of its passengers could be affected by the strike.

The airline is advising its passengers who intend to fly in and out of Spain on Thursday to monitor the situation on its website throughout the day today.

"Our information is there is going to be a strike but the question is the level of the strike," said airline spokesman Declan Kearney.

Irish Independent

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