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The complete list of Iberia Express flights cancelled in Spain due to strikes

With the airline and unions failing to come to agreement in the latest round of talks, we outline all the cancelled flights during Iberia Express' strike action this week.

The complete list of Iberia Express flights cancelled in Spain due to strikes
Travellers at the Terminal 2 of El Prat airport in Barcelona on July 12, 2022. Photo: Pau BARRENA/AFP

Iberia Express and the USO union representing striking cabin crew failed to reach an agreement over pay on Tuesday, meaning that strike action will continue until September 6th.

Negotiations have stalled after the airline’s refusal to raise the salaries of its crew members in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 2021 (6.5 percent) and to adapt their pay to the ongoing cost of living shock. For many staff, pay has been frozen since 2015.

The Local has broken down all the flights set to be cancelled, although with negotiations ongoing the situation is fluid and it is always recommended to check with the airline.

On Wednesday, August 31, 4 flights (round trips) have been cancelled on the Madrid-Palma and Madrid-Gran Canaria routes.

Passengers with tickets for these flights have already been given other flights or alternative arrangements made.

On Thursday, September 1, so far 6 flights have been cancelled on the Madrid-Palma, Madrid-Gran Canaria and Madrid-Santiago de Compostela routes. Of the 743 passengers affected, 730 have found other flights and 13 have opted for a refund or redeemable travel voucher.

READ MORE: Strike at Spain’s Iberia Express grounds flights

For Friday, September 2nd, 4 flights (round trips) have already been cancelled on the Madrid-Gran Canaria and Madrid-Tenerife routes. Passengers are being contacted today in order to make different arrangements.

For the remaining days of the walkout, Saturday September 3rd until September 6th, Iberia Express is still considering which flights to cancel in order to soften the impact on passengers, but a fuller list of cancelled flights has been released by the USO union representing the striking cabin crew. We have outlined it below.

If you’ve booked a flight with Iberia Express during these days, and your flight appears on the following list, it is not protected by the Spanish government’s decree on ‘minimum services’ and could be cancelled.

If your flight is not on the list, it is protected by the minimum services degree and should operate normally. 

As always, it is advisable to check directly with airline as the situation is very changeable.

The minimum services decree aims to maintain between 32 percent and 85 percent of the total scheduled flights. The main airports affected are Madrid to Palma de Mallorca, Gran Canaria, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Malaga and Tenerife North.

Unions claim as many as 17,000 passengers will be affected by walkouts.

Iberia will reimburse those affected by cancellations, and for flights that go ahead as normal, it will allow date changes at no extra cost. It is also possible to change your route if your flight is cancelled if the distance from your initial destination does not exceed 250 miles (402 kilometres).

The cancelled flights are below:

CANCELLED FLIGHTS (as of 10.00 on Wednesday 31/08)

Wednesday 31st August

I23918 – Madrid to Palma de Mallorca

I23913 – Palma de Mallorca to Madrid

I23948 – Madrid to Sevilla

I23953 – Seville to Madrid

I23877 – Santiago de Compostela to Madrid

I23822 – Madrid to Gran Canaria

I23823 – Gran Canaria to Madrid

Thursday 1st September

I23912 – Madrid to Palma de Mallorca

I23925 – Palma de Mallorca to Madrid

I23950 – Madrid to Seville

I23949 – Seville to Madrid

I23878 – Madrid to Santiago de Compostela

I23879 – Santiago de Compostela to Madrid

I23822 – Madrid to Gran Canaria

I23823 – Gran Canaria to Madrid

I23948 – Madrid to Seville

I23953 – Seville to Madrid

I23876 – Madrid to Santiago de Compostela

I23877 – Santiago de Compostela to Madrid

Friday 2nd September

I23920 – Madrid to Palma de Mallorca

I23921 – Palma de Mallorca to Madrid

I23948 – Madrid to Seville

I23953 – Seville to Madrid

I23946 – Madrid to Tenerife Norte

I23937 – Tenerife Norte to Madrid

I23828 – Madrid to Gran Canaria

I23829 – Gran Canaria to Madrid

Saturday 3rd September

I23920 – Madrid to Palma de Mallorca

I23921 – Palma de Mallorca to Madrid

I23948 – Madrid to Sevilla

I23953 – Seville to Madrid

I23878 – Madrid to Santiago de Compostela

I23879 – Santiago de Compostela to Madrid

I23822 – Madrid to Gran Canaria

I23823 – Gran Canaria to Madrid

Sunday 4th September

I23924 – Madrid to Palma de Mallorca

I23923 – Palma de Mallorca to Madrid

I23950 – Seville to Madrid

I23949 – Madrid to Seville

I23948 – Madrid to Seville

I23953 – Seville to Madrid

I23876 – Madrid to Santiago de Compostela

I23877 – Santiago de Compostela to Madrid

I23874 – Madrid to Santiago de Compostela

I23875 – Santiago de Compostela to Madrid

I23826 – Madrid to Gran Canaria

I23827 – Gran Canaria to Madrid

Monday 5th September

I23922 – Madrid to Palma de Mallorca

I23915 – Palma de Mallorca to Madrid

I23948 – Madrid to Seville

I23953 – Seville to Madrid

I23828 – Madrid to Gran Canaria

I23829 – Gran Canaria to Madrid

I23878 – Madrid to Santiago de Compostela

I23879 – Santiago de Compostela to Madrid

I23881 – Madrid to Santiago de Compostela

I23880 – Santiago de Compostela to Madrid

Tuesday 6th September

I23922 – Madrid to Palma de Mallorca

I23915 – Palma de Mallorca to Madrid

I23950 – Madrid to Seville

I23949 – Seville to Madrid

I23848 – Madrid to Seville

I23953 – Seville to Madrid

I23878 – Madrid to Santiago de Compostela

I23879 – Santiago de Compostela to Madrid

I23939 – Madrid to Tenerife Norte

I23944 – Tenerife Norte to Madrid

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Spain changes conditions for free train travel

Spain's state train operator Renfe has tweaked the terms and conditions for its free train travel offer in order to avoid 'ghost reservations'. Here's everything you need to know.

Spain changes conditions for free train travel

Renfe has changed the terms and conditions of reservations on its free travel offer for regional Media Distancia services, valid until the end of 2022, in order to avoid ‘ghost reservations.’ 

Announced by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez during the ‘State of the Nation’ debate in the Spanish Congress in August, the free multi-journey ticket scheme is an offer on some trains operated by the state-owned train network, Renfe, including Cercanías, Rodalies (Catalonia), and Media Distancia (local and medium-distance journeys).

READ MORE: All you need to know about Spain’s plan for free train tickets

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But some passengers have been abusing the offer, it seems, by block booking tickets and never using them. In response, Renfe have tweaked their terms for taking up the offer on Media Distancia journeys.

Unlike on the Cercanías and Rodalies routes, which are also included in the free travel offer, on Media Distancia routes it is possible to reserve a seat, and some travellers have been making more than one reservation on the same route for different times through the day or week in order to secure a place, and then choosing the most convenient departure.

As a result, many services were fully booked with ‘ghost reservations’ days before their departure and preventing passengers who needed to buy a ticket from being able to do so.

This loophole was particularly widespread on regional routes in Galicia and Castilla-La Mancha, and from now on, Media Distancia customers can only buy tickets for a maximum of four daily trips (two return journeys) on Media Distancia trains, and can only buy the return journey when the initial journey has been made.

READ MORE: TRAVEL: Tourists in Spain will also be eligible for free train tickets

“It is a question of guaranteeing the good use of the free passes for recurrent travelers and that as many people as possible can benefit,” Renfe sources said in the Spanish media.

READ ALSO: How much can you save on public transport in Spain with the new state discount?

Renfe’s free train travel offer came into force on September 1st and will end at the end of the year, on December 31st. In order to obtain the offer, travelers must pay a €20 deposit that is returned at the end of the year if at least 16 trips have been made during the offer period.

According to Spanish newspaper El País, as of Monday September 12th, Renfe had already issued over 1 million free passes for Cercanías and Media Distancia trains. 

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