Spain airline strikes: Ryanair staff confirm new July walkout dates

Travelers could face more chaos after Ryanair’s Spanish cabin crew voted for a further 12-day strike in July.

Workers affiliated with two Spanish unions must withdraw from July 12-15, July 18-21 and July 25-28.

The new action follows weeks of chaos for the airline, which has faced six days of strikes in recent weeks and was forced to cancel 10 Spanish flights on Saturday.

Staff want deal that ‘guarantees decent working conditions for all personalwithin the airline, the USO and SITCPLA unions said in a joint statement.

The strikes come as European airports and carriers struggle to cope with a surge in travel demand, with thousands of flights canceled over the past month.

How will the Ryanair strike impact your holiday?

Ryanair operates from over 20 airports in Spain.

However, the budget carrier does not expect widespread disruption, a spokesperson said.

“(We anticipate) minimal (if any) disruption to its flight schedules in July following minor and poorly supported Spanish strikes,” an airline spokesperson said on Saturday.

But the Spanish trade unions quoted claim the opposite. Both threatened to coordinate their actions with other Ryanair staff in Belgium, France, Italy and Portugal.

A USO spokesman demanded that Ryanair executives “change their attitude” towards the negotiations.

“Ryanair unions and crew are once again showing their protest in this way and demanding a change of attitude from the airline.

“Ryanair unions and crew…request [the airline] to resume the negotiation of a collective agreement providing for decent working conditions within the framework of Spanish legislation.

The strike coincides with industrial action by easyJet staff, who will strike for nine days in July.

Airports across the continent are grappling with workplace walkouts.

Last month, strike forced several low-cost airlines – including Ryanair – to cancel flights to and from Italy, while a strike on Thursday morning forced Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport to remove 100 flights.

This month, hundreds of British Airways employees in London Heathrow will vote on whether or not to leave the job to protest pay conditions.

GMB – the union leading the strike in the UK – has warned that British Airways will face a “grueling summer of travel chaos” if the company does not offer its staff a pay rise.

Why are European airports so busy?

About 191,000 European aviation workers have been made redundant due to the pandemic.

Now like surges in travel demand, airports and airlines are understaffed to handle the influx.

The airline industry has launched a recruitment drive, but Air Council International – Europe’s trade body for airports – predicts delays will be inevitable at two-thirds of European airports this summer.

British Airways has been forced to cut 8,000 flights from its schedule from March to October this year, while easyJet has cut its schedule by around 40 flights a day for the rest of June.

Airports are also feeling the heat. Safety deadlines at Dublin Airportfrom amsterdam Schiphol Airport, and Manchester Airport caused massive disruption to thousands of travellers.

If you’ve encountered hellish queues or travel nightmares, let us know on Twitter @euronewstravel.

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