Airport strikes called off

Good news for tourism and travellers in general, the planned strikes by air traffic controllers have been called off after a preliminary agreement was reached with the CCOO, UGT and USO unions representing AENA workers. The draft agreement was reached after a twenty hour session of negotiations and was ratified in a referendum  by over 73% of the workforce.

Strike calendar

If talks fail and the planned AENA strikes do eventually go ahead, they will be on: April 20, 21, 24, 25 and 30, May 2, 14, 15, 19 and 20, June 13, 23 and 30, July 1, 2, 3, 4, 15 and 31 and August 1, 15 and 31.

Airport strike threat

In the absence of any agreement so far, AENA employees have announced a series of proposed strikes at Spanish airports, the first of which would take place during Easter Week.

More air traffic control privatisation

Following the announcement of the partial privatisation of Madrid-Barajas and Barcelona-El Prat airports, the government has opened the way for more airports to become privately managed, another 13 in total.

Increase in passenger numbers at Málaga airport

According to the director of AENA,  Juan Ignacio Lema, overall passenger figures for Málaga airport already show an increase over 2009 and this gives grounds for optimism for the rest of the year.

USCA and AENA reach an agreement

The Union of Air Traffic Controllers, USCA, and the Airport Authority, AENA, have signed a basic agreement which removes the threat of industrial action and paves the way for further talks.