Strikes by SATA TAP Portuguese ATC

​25 November, 2018 Air Nostrum pilot strike is on tomorrow follow along with us Air Nostrom strike
Happy to tell you
23 August strike by Spanish airport security has been cancelled, that's Madrid, Barcelona and Gran Canaria Airport. Great news. Santander is still questionable see
Santander Airport strike for updates

Sorry to tell you:-
16 August, 2018 A Spanish group ACETA warn Aena (Company who run Madrid Airport) of a possible airport security strike starting Friday August 24 - September 3rd.
Check back with us for updates here and our front page Easy Travel Report
​Potential disaster coming. Ilunion threaten to extend strike to Barcelona Airport and Santander airport.

Are you flying to and from Granada Airport? Metro strikes in September, 2018.
27 June, 2018 What's the latest you ask?
Madrid Metro strike 24 hours follow along with us. Saturday 7 July, 2018

Waiting on egg shells for Spanish air traffic control strike to be announced out of Barcelona Airport which will effect all Spanish air space. 
Follow along Barcelona El Prat airport strike

French air traffic control strikes 

Italian air traffic control strike will likely effect your flight on, before or after 5 July, 2018 to and from Madrid airport. Again follow along Italian air traffic control strike

For other strikes see Easy Travel Report main page

19 June, 2018 Barcelona air traffic control as well as Madrid and Balearic Islands threaten strike action. A strike planned for 20 June, 2018 has been cancelled and replaced with "Well perhaps we will strike in July, maybe"  Sorry that's all we've got for you See Easy Travel Report for any updates

Madrid Metro strike 4, 8 and 15 June 2018
Italian air traffic control strike June 8, 2018

​Madrid Airport Security Strike
8 January, 2018 Any airport security strikes have been till after Easter 2018.

20 December, 2017 Good news Madrid airport strike has been cancelled along with Barcelona Airport strike. Lucky you, wow, stars must be all aligned for you.

​30 November, 2017 Back again Prosegur airport security workers will strike between December 22 and 8 January 2018.
Here are the hours:-
5:30am - 6:30am, 10:30am - 11:30am, 2pm - 3pm, 7pm - 8pm. (With lunch and dinners everything gets delayed even more)
Get to Madrid airport a lot earlier than usual, minimal hand luggage. You don't want to miss your flight! No coins, metal belt.. the usual..
Other information in the news. Talks are still going on. 
Prosegur airport security company goes to court 11 December, issue over illegal strike calls.
We will update here as news comes in.

Madrid Barajas Airport
Madrid airport Prosegur airport security workers have given a deadline for strike action October 15, 2017. We will keep an eye on this. All parties involved agree nothing will be done till after Barcelona dispute is done with.
Spanish aviation workers decide on August 16th, whether or not to strike for 25 days, 24 hrs each, from Sept 15 includes Christmas 2017 Updates Easy Travel Report

Madrid Airport Strike
Airport security strike by The Autonomous Union of Workers of Security Companies (ATES). Company Prosegur workers. To get through airport security, limit your hand luggage. Be prepared for flight delays. 
No doubt it will be a real mess.
Next three week-ends including Monday’s.
July 14. 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 24, 28, 29, 30th and 31st  
Strike hours:-
5:30 am to 6:30am
10:30am to 11:30 am
2pm to 3pm and 7pm - 8pm.
Old strikes from 2017 effecting Madrid Airport
Flying to Italy on June 16, 2017 Italian transportation strike, call your airline.

29 May 2017 Madrid Metro Line 5 will be closed early July till beginning of September.

17 May 2017 You should know that Madrid Metro workers threaten more strike action in the next few weeks follow Madrid Metro Strike

Portuguese airport strikes and SATA airline strikes planned for May 2017

10 May 2017 AENA announce extra staff, National Police, will be added to passport control during the summer, Madrid and Barajas Airports. You should also find 350 extra more automatic reading machines.
Schengen changes in rules and regulations co-insides with tourist season. Due to new anti-terrorist measures passengers show ID at exit and entry to Schengen area.
Check our front page for taxi strikes

Madrid taxi strike for two hours starting at 11am. Drivers will demonstrate between Plaza de Colon to Cibeles - City Hall.
Same day as 

Barcelona Taxi Strike
Barcelona taxi strike, 12 hours, this Thursday, 16 March 2017. Strike to start 8am and end at 8pm. Grand march starts 10am, Arc de Triomphe then Parlament and Plaza Sant Jaume.
This is going to be bad if you are traveling to and from the airport. Somehow you know you will get caught up in it. I’d be prepared drivers likely blocking the roads to and from the airport and you may have to hoof it with your suitcase. Railway station blocked. Traffic jams.
Massive demonstrations are to take place.
See for updates

February 16, 2017 Good news. You should know, union members who work for Barcelona Metro voted "NO" for strike action during MWC. Hallelujah!

     Madrid Airport Strikes
(If you can, book a hotel at your airport and cancel at the last possible moment - you can't rely on anything. (Save all receipts, take photo's of departure boards - you never know!)

                  Madrid Metro Strike
Metro de Madrid
Hell for commuters, passengers will flood onto other private transportation, expect shortage of taxi’s. Plan your trip to Madrid Airport ahead.
Strike days:-
Friday 24, February, 2017 6:05 am - 8:40am and in the afternoon 1:20pm - 4:25pm and evening 5pm - 7.55pm
Monday 27 February, 2017 same strike times.
and every Friday there after same time.
Trains will be running throughout the day, 59% of service, fight for a spot.

Old strikes from 2016

New strikes move to please see, travel strikes galore..
French air traffic control
Italian air traffic control

You should know  flights from Madrid will be effected by - Air France cabin crews are striking as with second busiest airline in France Aigle Azur this week and next. 
Add to this Spain’s Air Europa strike by pilots.
New French general strike is being planned.
For this and other travel strikes

Spanish Air Traffic Control Strike
Tower at Madrid Adolfo Suarez Barajas Airport
Tuesday, Wednesday June 28 and 29 June 2016.
Group who called this
El Servicio de Direccion de Plataforma (SDP) manages 50% of air traffic at Barajas 47 members. Responsible for parking aircraft.
​Heads up
6/6/2016 Just a warning that talks are going on today regarding Spanish air traffic control towers.
​Issue over privatization of towers.
Two unions CCOO and UGT
13 towers involved, run by Saerco Ferronats cross bred of Ferrovial and British NATS.
Alicante, Valencia, Sabadell, Ibiza, Jerez, Vigo, Sevilla, La Coruna, Melilla and Cuatro Vientos.
In the Canaries this will effect Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and La Palma.

Madrid Airport Strike 2016
Madrid Metro to Barajas Airport
More strikes planned for June 2016
21 May 2016 Madrid Metro strike from 21 May 2016 Saturday morning till Monday morning. Trains will be running, minimal disruption expected. 
Possible French air traffic control strike 26th May.

25 April 2016 If you are flying out of Madrid Airport this week your flight could be delayed, brought forward or even cancelled. Reason being French air traffic controllers strikeGerman airport strikes and French national rail strike for this and other good news

12 April 2016 Wildcat strike today by Belgian air traffic control. Your flight to Brussels Airport and Charleroi Airport will be delayed, cancelled or brought forward. Updating on and our Belgian air traffic control page. 

Madrid Airport
​​​​​​​​Spanish Rail Strike
Leave for Madrid Airport early. Spanish national railway RENFE and ADIF workers will strike for 24 hours on Wednesday, 00.00 - 23.00 hrs, prior to Easter 23 March, 2016. Minimal service will be announced if strike goes ahead. Trains will power down early Tuesday evening. for updates

​​​​​2015 Cruise passengers till October 30, 2015 you can, if arriving on a cruise ship to Barcelona go to T1 to check in with your airline see announcement on El Prat site

Old strikes for 2015
Menzies Spanish Baggage Handler Strike

Spanish baggage Handler Strike
Handlers for Menzies Aviation. 

Update:-Madrid Airport is involved after all. Follow along with us Madrid Airport Strikes 2015 (we are trying to retire this page)


Lisbon Airport - Lisbon Portela Airport
21 July 2015 Announced today Groundforce baggage handlers at Lisbon airport will strike Friday 31 July 2015 between the hours of 9am to 2pm (local time)
Handlers have not had a pay raise since 2008.
Perhaps you need to know Spanish air traffic control strike is still on for this weekend.
Lisbon Portela Strike
Alitalia strike Friday

Spanish air traffic controllers will strike.
Update:-20 July These strikes are still on, 25 and 26.

29 June 2015 New Spanish air traffic control dates are in. Local times.
Saturday 11 July 2015 10am - 1pm
Sunday 12 July 2015 5pm - 8pm
Saturday 25 July 2015 10am - 1pm
Sunday 26 July 2015 5pm - 8pm
Plus baggage strike, plus taxi strike, French air traffic control...

Old strikes for 2015
24 June 2015 Two more things you might want to know about if you are flying to France. Tomorrow a nationwide taxi strike will be going on. Chances are your exit to your French airport will be blocked. Leave early. 
French air traffic control strike 2015
2, 3 July 2015.

     Spanish air traffic control strike

Update:-Sunday June 14, 2015 Several flight delays today. Can you let work know you will be late Monday morning. 
Controllers will be back with a new strike sooner or later.

Update:-3 June, Spanish government step in and insist 70% of flights by law will have to leave. Now it's up to your airline, call them.

Today, Wednesday 27 May, 2015 Spanish air traffic controllers strike announced.
Union of Air Traffic Controllers (USCA)
Times 10 am - Noon and 6 - 8 pm (local times)
Monday 8 June 2014 
Wednesday 10 June 2014
Friday 12 June and Sunday 14 June.
Strike is over the punishment of 61 controllers who went on strike in 2010.
(This union's last strike was 26 years ago, represent 90% of controllers). Alicante alone will have some 30,000 passengers effected on 800 flights . Follow along with us at 
Spanish air traffic control strike


Ryanair Baggage Handlers Strike 
Madrid Airport Strike.
Update:-31 May 2015 Last night an evening flight to Porto, Portugal planned for 18:40 - check in was delayed and flight was eventually cancelled at 9pm.
Check ourairports
Ryanair nothing on site - yet.
follow along at

Ryanair Baggage Strike
Baggage handler strike will start Saturday May 30. No end date given.
Baggage handlers to have 20 -30% of salary cuts/lay offs. Ryanair want's to have two baggage handlers per plane.
This is a very busy hub for Ryanair - over 40 destinations. You know the routine, just bring hand luggage, although this doesn't help you if the flight gets cancelled does it. Perhaps Ryanair will bring in outside workers. Passengers who are already on holiday in Spain must be @!*&^#!! 

Groundforce Baggage Handlers
 Spanish baggage handlers strikes
Update:-27 May 2015 These baggage handler strikes have caused minimal disruptions - if any

​Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas 
Groundforce (UGT union) Baggage Handlers Strike - indefinitely.
Starts Saturday 16, May 2015 between the hours (local times)
Noon - 2 pm
8 pm - 10 pm.
Expect flight delays and delivery of luggage. Call your airline. Ryanair has own handlers.
You should also know  Barcelona Airport also Groundforce are striking. Are you flying into UK next week? National rail strike - see  Easy Travel Report

​Old industrial actions
You should know if flying from Madrid airport in April or May 2015 French air traffic controllers will strike causing your flight to be delayed, cancelled or brought forward.
You might also need to know Scottish Airport security workers are striking.
Lets not forget Italian air traffic controllers strikes

Old strikes for 2015

Update Swissport strike was cancelled.
Swissport baggage handlers strike and ramp workers at Madrid Airport see
Last years industrial actons 2014
  Italian Air Traffic Control Strike
Heads Up, Flights to and from Italy will be delayed, cancelled or moved up on Saturday, 27 September, 2014 due to an Italian air traffic control strike

Old Industrial Actions
Later this month Tenerife North and South Airports will strike Saturday, 30 August 2014. This still  has to be confirmed by unions.

Unions are making plans for a general strike in the future, possibly this month.

​       Madrid Airport Strike
AENA Spanish Airport workers strike.

Sunday, 31 August 2014 So called air traffic control glitch still in effect today. Of the 2,600 flights today, 120 were delayed.

20 August 2014 Madrid Airport strike, unions back with new dates of labor strike.
Friday 29 August 2014 3pm - 8pm
Saturday 30 August 2014? To be announced. (see video for shenanigans today)
Sunday 31st August 2014 7am to 10am and then 8pm to 12pm.

Check back with us, we will update.

14 August 2014 Good news. Workers meet yesterday and cancelled strike plans at Madrid Airport (15 and 17 August) for talks.

6 August 2014 Union CGT-Aena announced today, Madrid Airport strike, by security, firefighters, passenger service.
Friday, August 15, 2014 from 3 - 8pm
Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 7 - 11 am 
and 8pm - 11pm.

Airport Security desk check in will be striking, leave early, give yourself extra time to catch your flight. Minimal service will be in effect.

CGT Union has appealed to air traffic control to join in hoping strike will spread over Spain's 15 airports. (Touchy subject for Spanish air traffic control. Last labor strike saw some controllers ending up in jail)

Spain's two biggest unions CCOO and UGT do not endorse the strike in Barajas. (This may cause the strike to be cancelled)

Old labor strike for 2014
10 June 2014 Madrid and Barcelona, taxi strike will start tomorrow in sympathy with London black cabs strike. As with taxi drivers in Paris and Marseille, France. Strike will start early, 6am. French drivers will block roads to airports and train stations. We presume (Ass-sume!) that Spanish drivers will do the same. It will be hot, you might have to drag your luggage. Elderly and small children will suffer. 

Check our front page Easy Travel Report as several other air strikes are being planned for June.

Friday, 28 March, 2014 German airline pilots announce strike dates. Strikes start midnight Wednesday April 2nd and will end Friday, midnight the 4th of April. Local time. 
Lufthansa pilot strike German airport security strike issues are still not resolved.
23 March 2014 Flights to Frankfurt Airport will be delayed on Thursday, 27 March 2014. Follow along with us at Frankfurt airport strike page

Last years 2013 industrial actions.
Madrid Airport saw a loss of 2.6 million passengers in February 2013.

        Swissport baggage handlers strike
Announced today July 2, 2013 Swissport back at it again for July. Strike dates are in.
Friday, July 5 8:30-11:30 and 6-9PM.
Sunday, July 7 same hrs.
Monday, July 8 same hrs.

Not all airlines use Swissport as handlers. You might be one of the lucky ones. See our airport strike page as you just might be flying into another airport strike.

28 June Swissport strike

Sunday, June 30 Swissport (this is happening at Barcelona El Prat, perhaps similiar situation in Madrid) "sabotage and coercion" by it's workers. Saturday afternoon, aircraft towing tractors, buses passenger and baggage handling equipment and cargo, damaged during the whole day. Causing 50% delay of flights. Today, Sunday, flights delayed still.

Barajas, Madrid airport food courts, cafeterias 24 hour strikes, June 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29.
Old news
Easter 2013 Iberia baggage handlers strike
Certainly effect T4 and now you have to worry about Madrid Metro strike when IOC is in town.

Iberia strike over with, but not over with for baggage handlers, pilots and some flight attendants. Strike for 18-22 cancelled.

                Iberia Airline Strike
February 26 Iberia Airline has flight cancellation lists up. 4 5 6 7 8 of March, check your flight from Madrid

February 18 Madrid Airport terminal 4, passengers asked to show tickets before entering terminal after police fail to keep some 8, 000 Iberia employees from crashing the terminal.
Update:- February 6 Iberia airline strike dates are in.
15 strike days, by ground staff and flight attendants. 23% of workforce to be let go.
Monday to Friday February 18 - 22
Monday to Friday March 4 - 8
Monday to Friday again March 18 - 22
(No strikes planned for Easter Sunday, although union threaten to extend strike to Easter) 
Pilots likely to join industrial actions in March.

Last years strikes 2012
 31)December Madrid airport strike and Iberia Airlines strike

14 November Strike in full force, no restaurants open in Madrid airport.

*Another thing you should know Aer Lingus strike, Monday 19 November, your flight to Dublin will be delayed or cancelled Aer Lingus strikes

Madrid Barajas airport strike
Swissport baggage handlers
Update:-7 November EasyJet recommending two small bags. This week-end is going to be a problem with connecting flights.

Update 4 November Passengers reporting on Twitter average two hour delays for luggage Lufthansa, Ryanair and Swiss flights . We learned late last night civil guard had to come in to control the 200 passengers as baggage handlers strike hit domestic flights. Don't bring luggage.  Easyjet 

2 November talks ended, no agreement made.
Indefinite strike has started, minimum service in effect. Some delays for a few incoming flights otherwise day goes by as normal.

1 November Madrid Barajas airport strike today has been cancelled for 24 hours. Strike by Swissport Handling which runs luggage and security. Airlines who use (this crappy company, sorry couldn't help myself and perhaps don't have a choice) are EasyJet Ryanair Emirates Lufthansa Delta Swiss Thai Aer Lingus Wizzair Lot TAP Fedex Tailwind Transavia SAS Agean  Skywork Blue Air and Air Moldova.
Wednesday November 14 Spanish general strike hand in hand with Greece and Portugal same day.
Old Stuff
21 June EasyJet in Madrid is closing base. All employees will be employed else where. EasyJet will still use Madrid airport.
EasyJet Madrid strike 27, 28 April and May 2

Workers in the Madrid-Barajas airport and Torrejon Air Base including firemen will strike:-
May strike today and 
Monday 19 March 2012
(Spanish general strike 29 March)
Thursday 5 April (in time for Easter Holidays)
Sunday 8 April 6 PM - midnight
Monday 30 April
Wednesday 2 
Thursday 3 May
See here for Iberia Airlines

So last year
Spanish air strike, Iberia Airlines will strike Thursday 29 December, 2011. Trains will be on strike the following day.
3 June 2011 Heads up. Delays Madrid by bad weather or lack of staff or  is it? Most delays out of terminal four by Iberia reported by   Also out today. 
First Spanish air traffic controller from 2010 industrial action charged vcf

25 Feb 2011 Tomorrow airport workers at Madrid Airport will be protesting, NOT air traffic controllers. During this protest the protestors will announce the date of a general strike at ALL Spanish airports. Easter Friday is April 22. AENA director Javier Marin is confident and agreement can be made.

Old stuff ,so last year
Cancelled. Madrid International Airport, baggage handlers strike, 16, August,2010 some information at Ryanair

Baggage handlers Serviceair also serves Qatar Airways, Delta, Ryanair, Easyjet, Air Berlin, Wizz, Lufthansa, Emirates, Air Canada, Turkish Airlines, German Wings and Adria.Strike is to go on for 24 hours.

Spain has 47 airports under control of Spain's national airport authority, AENA.  AENA has plans to partially privatize,  30% stake, of various airport services. Regional governments will then have a say in the running of Spain's busiest airports.

 Total 13 kilometres (eight miles) north-east of central Madrid. 40 minutes to and from Barajas Airport. 40 million passengers per year. Access to Metro, buses and plenty of taxi's.

Madrid airport is the twelfth busiest airport in the world and consequently when a cog in the wheel goes down, havoc, chaos prevail which can make you bitter and insane!  

Iberia Airlines on strike, October and November 2008, see review by ETR

August 09, Taking Easyjet to Madrid?  No worries, strike not effecting Barajas International, but people will be scrambling for seats so make sure you confirm your flight to Spain. Follow EasyJet strikes

1 April, 2009 1 hr strike again at Spanish airports. Demonstration from 8am-9am.  Spanish airports Wednesday to protest the planned partial privatization of Spain's national airport authority, AENA.. 

Comisiones Obreras air traffic controllers, ground and baggage handling personnel, maintenance and safety crews, as well as administrative staff.

3/26/2009 Demonstration, 1,600 workers demonstrated, stopped work for one hour yesterday after all from 9am to 10am.  Minimal trouble caused.

Spanish trade union Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) announced that its members will hold a one-hour strike across Spain’s airports on March 25 to protest plans to privatize the state-owned airport operator AENA, Reuters reported. The strike will be held between 0800-0900 GMT.
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