AIR passengers in Spain could be hit by devastating delays after the CC.OO, UGT and USE unions announced a round of strikes, starting from 15 September, across all airports operated by Aena.
In Spain Aena manages 46 airports and two heliports and saw over 230 million passengers pass through its airports in 2016. It made a net profit of €1,164 million in the same year.
The unions have announced that there will be 25 days of 24-hour work stoppages which would run from September 15 to December 30.
The full list of planned strikes is as follows:
- September: 15, 17, 22, 24 and 29
- October; 1, 6, 11, 15, 27, 30 and 31
- November: 3 and 5
- December: 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30
Workers’ representatives in the Aena group have been threatening strikes since May if repeated demands on salary and calls for an employment plan were not fulfilled before mid-August.
If the strikes go ahead they will massively affect Spain’s busy national bank holidays in October, November and December including the Christmas period.