Aena airport workers in Spain have announced a series of 25 one-day airport strikes that will take place across Spain starting in September 2017. They are striking in protest at working conditions and pay.

The planned dates for the strikes are:

  • September: 15, 17, 22, 24 and 29
  • October: 1, 6, 11, 15, 27, 30 and 31
  • November: 3 and 5
  • December: 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30

Are these definite?

At this stage no. In Spain, unions must publish the dates of planned strikes, so that’s why they are doing so. There is a meeting that will be held on 31st August between the employers and the union, at which it is hoped a resolution will be found.

Even if the early strikes do take place, it is likely that a resolution will be reached at some point, and the remainder will be called off.

In either case, we’ll keep you posted about what’s happening as soon as anything does.

How will it affect me?

We’ve had several of these one day airport strikes here in Lanzarote in recent years, and the effect has been minimal. In each case the airport has continued to run with some staff, but there have been some delays and baggage has taken a long time to come through. We can’t say at this stage what will happen here for certain, but hopefully, if they do go ahead, the disruption will be minimal.

What should I do?

Nothing at this stage. We wouldn’t recommend trying to re-book flights, because nobody knows for sure if these strikes will go ahead. Keep an eye on our website for updated information or inform your travel agent and ask them to update you.

If you haven’t already booked your flights, then consider doing so on dates where strikes aren’t planned.