Airport staff at state owned AENA, the Spanish national airport authority, have threatened 22 days of strikes starting on 20th April. The threatened strikes planned over the Easter holiday, May bank holiday and in the height of summer, are in protest to the government’s partial privatisation of the airport management company.
Cabin crew at Japan Airlines are preparing to walk out on strike on Christmas Day as the carrier prepares to make a series of redundancies. The airline was rescued from financial collapse by the Japanese government earlier this year, with a recovery plan approved by courts in November.
Civil unrest sweeping Greece has seen the national tourist infrastructure hit by significant disruption. Planes have been grounded at international airports, while rail, ferry and bus services have all been hit during a general strike.
Spanish airports have returned to operating at full capacity after the government reopened airspace and forced striking air-traffic controllers to return to work. The government declared a state of alarm on Saturday, taking emergency measures after air traffic controllers staged a walk out on Friday, forcing authorities to close Spanish airspace for 18 hours and leaving thousands of passengers stranded.
Tensions were again rising in the battle between British Airways and Unite earlier today following the suspension of a member of cabin crew. The British flag-carrier allegedly suspended Ms Andrea Molton following attempts to collect Christmas money for fellow employees presently suspended following strike action earlier in the year.
Road, rail and air traffic has been severely disrupted in Portugal as workers walk out on strike over a proposed austerity budget. Members of the UGT and CGTP trade unions have joined the industrial action, which is expected to last for 24-hours.
The mastermind of the Unite action against British Airways, Len McCluskey, has been elected to lead the union following a ballot. Unite recently rejected the latest contract offer from the airline, with the battle expected to see further industrial unrest during the winter.
Aviation passengers moving through French airspace are likely to experience severe disruption later this month with unions calling up to four days of strikes. As opinion hardens against government reforms, six trade unions have called on airline and airport workers to go on strike from Thursday, November 4th.
French security forces have broken through blockades at three fuel deports in the west of the country as the attempt to alleviate a mounting energy crisis gathers pace. Protests are entering the seventh day across the country, with half the national rail network suspended and reports of delays at airports mounting.
Another 24-hour nationwide strike has begun in France causing severe disruption to road, rail and air links across Europe. Ryanair has been forced to cancel 250 flights, while Air France has also seen staff join picket lines, causing disruption to short-haul services.
Thousands of people from across the European Union are expected to take to the streets of Brussels today in protest against austerity budgets imposed by national governments. Spain will also see a general strike, with air traffic controllers joining those on picket lines.
Airlines across Europe are preparing for severe disruption tomorrow as transport unions join a general strike in Spain. Air traffic controllers are among those expected to join picket lines as prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero seeks to implement an austerity budget.