Spanish Airport Strikes - General information and updates
Spanish Airport Strikes - Ground handling workers "Azul Handling", that work for Ryanair and Vueling have confirmed their intention to undertake industrial action in several (22) Spanish airports in November, December and January
RYANAIR STRIKE will affect the main Spanish airports from 1st November to 31st January 2023
Santiago de Compostela
24-hour Strike Dates.
Friday, October 28.
Saturday, October 29.
Sunday, October 30.
Monday, October 31.
Thursday, November 1.
Thursday, December 8.
Sunday, December 11.
Friday, December 30.
Saturday, December 31.
Friday, January 6.
Sunday, January 8.
Partial Exercise Dates
From 04:00 a.m. to 07:00 a.m.,
from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.,
from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Friday November 4.
Saturday November 5.
Sunday November 6.
Friday November 11.
Saturday November 12.
Sunday November 13.
Friday November 18.
Saturday November 19.
Sunday November 20.
Friday November 25.
Saturday November 26.
Sunday November 27.
Tuesday December 6.
Saturday December 10.
Friday December 16.
Saturday December 17.
Sunday December 18.
Thursday December 22.
Friday December 23.
26th August - Recent reports that members of three Spanish workers’ unions across Spanish airports have voted for 25 days of industrial action in September, October, November and December are “incorrect.”
If you are in any doubt about your flight, contact your airline or booking agent.
The Unión Sindical Obrera (USO) confirmed that the reports were unfounded and that “there is no call for strikes at Spanish airports”
Industrial action has been confirmed only by Spanish workers at Ryanair, Iberia Express cabin crew and easyJet pilots.
These unfounded reports have caused concern among millions of holidaymakers and passengers with travel plans to Spain in the coming months.
Ryanair strikes - Members of two unions in Spain representing Ryanair cabin crew have begun a series of weekly walk-outs from Monday to Thursday that are set to continue until Saturday 7th January 2023. Ryanair state that these latest threatened strikes, which involve only a handful of our Spanish cabin crew. Ryanair also pointed out that the actions so far have affected just 1% of the total number of their flights.
While a tiny number of Ryanair flights in Spain were cancelled or delayed in July, this was mostly due to ATC strikes and flight delays. No flights were cancelled in July and August due to these unsuccessful and poorly supported strikes by these two minority unions (USO & SITCPLA) who represent only a small handful of Ryanair Spanish cabin crew. The vast majority of Ryanair’s Spanish cabin crew are represented by the CCOO union who have already reached a labour agreement with Ryanair which covers most of our Spanish cabin crew.”
What hasn't been reported much is that the Spanish government department of transport has set by law a "minimum service" level of 83%..... limiting by doing this the effects of any action. This minimum service level is set to drop during the months to January 2023, but never below the 75% figure. This means that the action will see very few if any cancelled flights to/from Alicante, with any action likely to be restricted to delays, which would mainly be from Monday to Thursday.
EasyJet Strikes - A separate strike by SEPLA, which represents easyJet pilots in Spain, is set to take place for three days across the busy bank holiday weekend, from Saturday 27th- Monday 29th August. It will be the final of three planned 72-hour walk-outs by easyJet pilots this month, as negotiations over working conditions and contracts continue.
TUI has cancelled nearly 200 flights due to serve Manchester Airport between now and the end of June. It will cancel six daily flights up to June 30th
Tens of thousands of customers will be affected until the end of June as the half-term travel chaos continues.
Which Tui flights are affected?
Six Tui flights a day (43 per week) will be cancelled from Manchester airport until Thursday 30th June.
The company said the flight cancellation was due to “operational and supply chain issues” alongside the increase in the number of people travelling overseas.
A Tui spokesperson added: “We’re incredibly sorry to those customers who have been impacted by the recent disruption to our operations. We understand that last-minute cancellations are incredibly disappointing and we would like to reassure our customers that we are doing everything we can to get them on holiday as planned.
“Whilst every cancellation is regrettable, the vast majority of our flights are operating as planned, with more than 26,000 customers taking off yesterday on holiday.
“We’d like to apologise again for the inconvenience caused and we thank customers for their understanding.”
There have been changes to the safety measures at Alicante airport aimed at restricting the spread of Covid 19
Updates 12th October - From Friday 15th The Spanish government are lifting restrictions on public access to airports, so non travellers can once more accompany family and friends right up to the first security check areas.
Until this time current rules apply ie only passengers with a valid boarding pass can enter the airport terminal.
COVID TESTING FACILITES AT AIRPORTS
Aena has provided Eurofins Megalab, Spain’s leading company for clinical analysis, designated spaces in twelve Spanish airports for the installation of laboratories for Covid-19 diagnostic testing.
This agreement confirms the commitment of Eurofins Megalab to fight the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, which contributes significantly to recuperation of aerial traffic of our country, the key element for reactivation of tourism activity and the country´s economy in general.
Eurofins Megalab has been already present at the following airports: Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat, Alicante-Elche, Valencia, Bilbao, Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Tenerife Sur, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, César Manrique-Lanzarote and La Palma.
Eurofins Megalab has designed an ON LINE system for purchasing the test, booking an appointment and access to a consultation about the test results. Its objective is to minimize the risk of contagion and spreading of the virus.
27th March 2021 -Remember arriving at Alicante airport without the required testing could result in fines from 3,000 if it is considered a mild penalty, and up to 60,000 for serious breach of rules and even up to 600,000 euros if it is typified as very serious.
In the last three months, 55 British passengers have been banned from entering Alicante-Elche Airport, because they could not prove to be residents of the Costa Blanca.
13th July 2021 - Alicante-Elche airport among the 5 safest in Spain in the prevention against covidThe five-star rating is the highest awarded in the only global programme designed specifically for the airport sector.
These audits evaluate up to 175 different safety protocols introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce risk and improve the well-being of passengers and airport workers.
The health protocols implemented in Spain exceed the recommendations of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
What you need to know before you go to the airport
Specifics for Alicante-Elche Airport
The meeting point for companions is located on floor -2 (basement 2), central area.
Line buses pick up passengers on floor -2 (basement 2).
Closed costa Blanca and Ifach lounges and Meet & Assist service.
Fast Lane service available.
Lost and found service open.
Open general parking, long stay parking and express parking.
Bankia and Euronet ATMs located in open areas are operational.
Commercial services: open Pharmacy, Alicante Duty Free, Sunglass Hut, Natura, Lol Sweets, Encanto Alicante, WHSmith (shipping), Superskunk, PV21, Eat., Burger King (shipping), La Tagliatella espresso and Costa Coffee. Vending machines are provided as normal.
Alicante Airport New safety measures
Before heading to the airport
Do not go to the airport if you have any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, or feeling short of breath.
The use of a mask that covers the nose and mouth is mandatory for people over 6 years of age (masks with an exhaling valve are not allowed).
Make sure you have enough masks and disinfectant gel for your trip. If the instructions do not indicate otherwise, you should change the masks every four hours or earlier if they get wet.
Read carefully the brochures and health materials that your airline will provide you. OneWorld, an alliance of 14 airlines including Iberia, British Airways, Qatar Airways and American Airlines, has created a Covid information portal to explain the measures taken to protect its passengers: https://www.oneworld.com/covid-19/oneworld-together
Check the health control requirements and the documentation of entry to the country you are traveling.
As of June 7th, all passengers coming from a country or area of risk (with the exception of children under 12 years of age) must provide one of the following supporting documents with the requirements set by the health authority: be vaccinated against COVID-19, have recovered from COVID-19 or a diagnostic test (such as PCR or rapid antigen test), made 48 hours before traveling, whose result has been negative. At any time, the passenger may be asked to accredit these documents. Check the standard here.
If you fly to Spain from other countries, you must complete the Sanitary Control Form(FCS) associated with your trip. This form must be completed by each of the passengers, who will be responsible for ensuring that the information provided is truthful and accurate. In the event that the passenger is a minor, or a dependent/incapacitated person, the form can be filled out by his guardian, who will be responsible for the veracity of the information provided. In addition, you must pass an Exterior Health control with temperature taking through a thermal imaging camera imperceptible to the passenger and visual control.
If you fly from Spain, check the specific requirements and forms established by each Autonomous Community.
Countries of origin
If you come from a third country outside the EU, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, please note that border controls and travel restrictions may apply to third-country nationals. Check the list of countries whose residents are allowed to enter the Re-open EU website.
At Alicante Airport
As of October 15th, the access of companions to the airport terminals will be allowed, although their entry may be limited in times of great affluence to avoid crowds.
The use of a mask is mandatory throughout the airport enclosure (remember that masks with an exhaling valve are not allowed).
Respect the marks and footprints you will find throughout the airport to ensure 1.5 m distancing.
Keep the physical distance measures ,wear the mask and maintain the recommended hygiene measures (cough inside the elbow, wash your hands, etc.).
If you do not comply with the safety and hygiene measures, the airline, health authority or the state security forces and bodies may refuse you to continue with your trip.
Hydroalcoholic gel dispensers are available throughout the airport.
In the water fountains of the airport use only bottle or container.
On the plane
The airline will provide you with information material on preventive measures during the flight.
The use of surgical or superior protection masks on board aircraft is mandatory. Masks with exhaling valve are not allowed. Remember that you should change them every four hours, if the manufacturer does not indicate otherwise, or when they get wet or dirty.
Wash your hands often with the gel and cough on the inside of your elbow.
Keep an eye out for the cabin crew safety demonstration for specific flight instructions
Reduces as much as possible the use of individual air supply nozzles. Many airlines have, in any case, a HEPA filter that allows an exceptional cleaning of the air.
Airlines will endeavour to maintain maximum distance between passengers who are not family or do not travel together. If this is not possible, safety and hygiene measures will be reinforced.
Alicante-Elche airport will monitor tourists' fever with thermal imaging cameras
The devices will be in operation from July (2020) these will mainly be distributed in the arrivals area they will detect if a passenger arrives with a fever, if a fever is detected they will automatically be separated from the group to subject it to a control.
This will speed up the movement of tourists through the terminal as so far passengers are monitored one by one with thermometers, something that would block the terminal in the middle of the high season, although large crowds of passengers in the terminal are not expected this year, as the companies have cut their programming by 40% due to the crisis. of the covid-19.
An operator marks signs on the ground to direct passengers to the airport terminal. ALEX DOMÍNGUEZ
Unions are demanding a 40% increase in cabin crew’s basic salary packet and said it is open to talks with Britain’s biggest budget carrier.
EasyJet state “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.”
This news follows easyJet’s announcement that it would be cutting hundreds more flights ahead of time this summer, in a bid to reduce on-the-day cancellations.
The budget airline said it was “consolidating a number of flights across affected airports” including Gatwick following the airport’s announcement last week that it was reducing the number of daily flights during July and August to cope with staff shortages.