Off to Spain this weekend?

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The, Canary Isles could have delayed flights as well as the Balearics and mainland Spain

The, Canary Isles could have delayed flights as well as the Balearics and mainland Spain

Just as night follows day, Spanish air traffic controllers strike at summer school holiday time.

And they are at it again this coming Saturday and Sunday when there will be a three hour strike on each day. This follows at least six others since the beginning of June so, luckily, airlines are pretty well used to these inconveniences and plan around it. But do expect there to be some cancellations so check with the airline on which you may be travelling.

Travellers will have delays because of the knock-on effects so any readers heading to the Canaries, the Balearics or mainland Spain can expect delays this weekend. Those of you having very early morning flights on Saturday and morning flights on Sunday may well be saved the delays but, just in case, take some games or toys for the kids, some snacks and extra reading material!

The UK government is reported to be considering legislation that would make it illegal for air traffic controllers to strike. President Reagan fired all of his controllers when he tired of their antics and hired new ones. Sometimes, you have sympathy with both approaches and this weekend could be one of them.

easyJet has announced that they expect to run 80% of their services but Ryanair has posted no news yet but is actively supporting a petition to ban air traffic controllers’ strikes. Flybe says there may be disruption but nothing is to be found on the Iberia, Vueling, Monarch, Jet 2 or British Airways websites yet about the strikes. There is also nothing on the Cosmos, Thomson and Thomas Cook websites yet nor on the two leading online travel agency sites, and All these sites were checked at 7am this morning. The Spanish airports authority, AENA, also has no advice for passengers.

Sometimes I have felt that passengers are too quick to say that they were in the dark and nobody told them what was going on. After checking around this morning, I think I have changed my views

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