BRIT holidaymakers are braced for travel chaos over Easter due to mass planned strikes at all of Spain’s airports.
Millions of tourists are being warned to expect flight delays and cancellations as 60,000 ground staff are expected to walk out in a protest over pay and conditions.
The four-day strike has now been confirmed and it is due to start on Easter Sunday, according to reports.
Five million passengers are expected to travel over the peak Easter week, with 32,500 flights scheduled to operate across the Aena-managed airports.
A strike by the airport handlers will likely cause long queues and delays to flights, which could lead to a large number of cancellations.
The walkout has been planned because the unions are not happy about specific clauses in their collective agreement affecting workers who are transferred from one company to another.
Isabel Rubio, secretary of Trade Union Action of the Aerial Sector, said Aseata has refused to budge on one controversial element which the unions felt was prejudicial to workers’ rights and bonus pay.
The strike would affect all Spanish airports, the unions have confirmed.
Airlines have apologised for any disruption that could occur over the busy weekend.
A spokesperson for easyJet said: “Due to ground handling strike action taking place in Spanish airports from 21st to 24th April, easyJet, like all airlines, is expecting some disruption to its flying programme.”
All passengers flying to and from Spain could be affected and should check with their flight operator.
EasyJet added: “Although this is outside of our control, we would like to apologise to all our customers for any inconvenience and would like to reassure them we are doing all possible to minimise any disruption as a result of the industrial action.”
It comes days after Air Nostrum pilots began their six-day strike that continues over the Easter weekend.
Air Nostrum cancelled 148 flights – a move that will affect 10,000 passengers.
Another airport handler strike, which had been threatened for July, was called off pending negotiations.
A statement from the Unión Sindical Obrera (USO) air sector said: “For the USO and UGT, it is fundamental that the reallocated workers can maintain and, where appropriate, claim their rights.
The purpose of the IV Convention is to prevent companies from carrying out malicious interpretations that undermine the rights of workers.
“Therefore, USO and UGT, will initiate the process of previous and mandatory mediation in order to convene a strike in the sector.”