• Spain's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Flights to and from Spain cancelled amid French strike
Ryanair cancelled flights to and from Spain on Monday. Photo: AFP

Flights to and from Spain cancelled amid French strike

The Local · 21 Mar 2016, 13:20

Published: 21 Mar 2016 13:20 GMT+01:00

On Monday morning reports from France stated that the number of flights cancelled was worse than initially expected, with flights to and from Spain among those affected. 

Barcelona's El Prat airport has cancelled 54 flights flying to France or over French airspace, Spanish daily La Vanguardia confirmed on Monday. 

Flights affected include those run by operator Vueling, the airline confirmed in a tweet. 

 

 

A number of Ryanair flights both to and from Spain have been cancelled, including out of Alicante, Valencia, Barcelona, Mallorca, Tenerife, Madrid, Santander, Lanzarote and Girona. 

Dozens of flights scheduled to arrive in Spain on Monday have also been cancelled. 

The link in the Ryanair tweet below contains information about the status of Ryanair flights while passengers can CLICK HERE for a link to the easyJet flight tracker. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For their part Air France says long haul flights will be guaranteed as will the airline's flights in and out of Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

Monday’s disruptions follow on from the first day of industrial action on Sunday, which saw hundreds of flights delayed or cancelled.

A huge number of flights between the UK and France were hit by the strike.

A spokesman for easyJet confirmed that 82 flights were cancelled on Sunday as a result of the strikes, including 32 scheduled to take off or land at British airports

Air traffic controllers are unhappy about the lack of resources and complain the technology they use is outdated.

Unions complain that the number of air traffic controllers is falling despite the amount of air traffic actually increasing. They claim controllers retiring are not being replaced.

They also raised the alarm bells about the outdated technology available to them that frequently breaks down and has a direct impact on security.

They call upon France’s aviation authorities at the DGAC to make the necessary investments, “that they can no longer put off”.

But airlines are fed up with the number of strikes held by French air traffic controllers and want action taken to prevent them being able to cause constant travel chaos.

Ryanair are leading the fight and are once again calling on passengers to sign a petition to help bring an end to the strikes.

 

Story continues below…

 

Ryanair says that when a million people have signed the petition, named Keep Europe's Skies Open, it will be presented to the European Commission and used to pressure authorities into action.

Ryanair’s chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, said previously: “It’s unacceptable that Europe’s consumers repeatedly have their holiday and travel plans disrupted or cancelled by the selfish actions of ATC unions every summer, who use strikes as a first weapon rather than a last resort.

"If the EU won’t listen to the airlines, perhaps they’ll listen to Europe’s citizens.” 

For more news from Spain, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.es)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
'Sulking Ronaldo has to live with being subbed': Zidane
Ronaldo celebrates a goal before he was substituted in the game against Las Palmas. Photo: Desiree Martin/AFP

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insisted Cristiano Ronaldo has to learn to live with being substituted after the Portuguese striker sulked off the field.

Basques and Galicians vote to unblock Spain's deadlock
Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez arrives in Galacia on Sunday for the vote. Photo: Miguel Riopa/AFP

Spain's Basque country and Galicia go to the polls Sunday in regional elections that may help unblock the long-lasting national political paralysis.

Feature
 Spanish cinema breaks taboo and talks ETA
A still from Justin Webster's documentary The End of ETA. Photo: The End of ETA

Documentaries on terror group ETA have been screened at San Sebastian film festival and met with applause, as the taboo fades.

 Spain's Socialists in crisis as political blockage takes toll
Pedro Sanchez has repeatedly said he won't support Rajoy. Photo: AFP

Spain's nine-month political paralysis is taking its toll on parties, and none more so than the Socialists who are facing a crisis, with talk of an imminent "coup" against leader Pedro Sanchez.

National anthem: Could Spain finally sing with one voice?
Spanish athletes have had to hum awkwardly for decades. Photo: AFP

Spain's parliament is being asked to consider a solution to one of nation's most enduring and embarrassing problems; what words to sing with the national anthem.

Spain's ten greatest parador hotels to visit this autumn
San Estevo parador in Galicia. Photo: rutea.es

Autumn is the perfect time to explore Spain's hidden corners and parador hopping is the best way to do it.

Spain's Basques go to polls as memories of violence fade
Basque regional president nationalist Inigo Urkullu (L) and Basque Nationalist Party-PNV's president Andoni Ortuzar (2nd L) in Bilbao. Photo: AFP

Could the results of the Basque elections have an impact on the national political deadlock?

Spanish parents call strike over too much homework
Do Spanish children get too much homework? Photo: AFP

Spanish parents have called for a “homework strike” to protest at the amount of extracurricular work they are expected to do with their children.

Family seeks funds for mother injured in Spanish bus crash
Julie Ann Fiegert was returning from a holiday of a lifetime. Photo: GoFundMe page

The family of an Australian woman left fighting for her life after a bus accident in Spain are trying to raise money for her medical expenses.

Second headless bison found at Spanish nature reserve

A mystery surrounding goings-on at a nature reserve in Spain deepened Thursday as a second European bison was found decapitated just days after staff discovered the headless body of the herd's dominant male.

National
Seven reasons why autumn is the very best season in Spain
International
Spanish study finds four types of personality. Which are you?
National
New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca
National
Bison found decapitated on Valencia nature reserve
International
Forgotten Voices: What Brits in Spain think about Brexit
Travel
One dead and 14 injured in blast at Spanish resort
International
Game of Thrones want extras 'with muscles' to film in Spain
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
Thousands march in Madrid to push for bullfighting ban
Technology
Spanish team invents hands-free 'penis bidet'
National
In pics: Devastation caused by Costa Blanca wildfires
Society
Pregnant woman in niqab attacked by two men in Spain
National
Spanish café offers cut-price coffee to those with manners
Travel
What's on in Spain: September 2016
Travel
'We drank from animal troughs to survive'
National
Forest fires threaten Costa Blanca resort of Jávea
National
Loyal dog mounts vigil at hospital doors for sick owner
Politics
Five reasons why Spain's Socialists won't back Rajoy
National
It's a girl! Rare giant panda cub born in Madrid zoo
Culture
La Tomatina: Everything you need to know about epic fiesta
National
Shocking video shows torture of young calf during fiesta
Police launch appeal for Costa Blanca hit and run driver
Politics
What political deadlock? Spain economy forges ahead
Features
Eight reasons to spend your gap year exploring Spain
3,111
jobs available