RYANAIR is facing a series of strikes from cabin crew in Spain, starting today.
Flight attendants at 10 airports across the country will be striking from Tuesday, July 12 until Friday, July 15 before further action between July 18-21 and July 25-28.
This will affect flights at ten bases throughout Spain, including Madrid, Malaga, Barcelona, Alicante, Sevilla, Palma, Valencia, Girona, Santiago de Compostela and Ibiza.
Ryanair has already had to deal with strikes in Spain this summer, as well as in Belgium, France, Italy and Portugal.
But they claim that the walkouts are affecting minimal flights – previous strikes a few weeks ago allegedly affected less than one per cent of their trips and they are expecting minimal disruption once again.
They told Sun Online Travel: "Less than one per cent of Ryanair’s flights have been affected in the past month by recent minor and poorly supported cabin crew strikes called by unions who are either not recognised by or who represent tiny numbers of Ryanair crews.
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"Air Traffic Control (ATC) and airport staff shortages across Europe, which are beyond Ryanair’s control may however cause some minor disruption and any passengers whose flights are disrupted by ATC staff shortages will be notified of their entitlements by email/SMS."
Meanwhile, easyJet staff are also set to strike in Spain this month over a wage dispute, with action planned from July 15-17 and 29-31.
Around 450 workers are expected to walk out in Barcelona's El Prat airport, as well as Malaga and Palma de Mallorca airports.
USO general secretary Miguel Galan said of the walkouts: "The conclusion is very clear; at easyJet there is money for everything except for Spain."
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Unions are set for another meeting with the airline tomorrow to try and resolve the issue before the strikes, but an agreement in unexpected.
EasyJet has said that it planned to run all of its flights regardless of the strike, but said some could be affected.
A spokesperson said: “Should the industrial action go ahead, there could be some disruption to our flying programme to and from Malaga, Palma and Barcelona during the strike period but at this stage, easyJet plans to operate its full schedule and we would like to reassure customers that we will do everything possible to minimise any disruption.”
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Spain isn't the only country to be dealing with problems at its airports, with passengers at Gatwick airport stuck in a stairwell as well as in lengthy queues.
Meanwhile Heathrow has begged passengers not to arrive more than three hours before their flights due to 'panic' in the airport.
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