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Spanish strike makes flight disruption likely

Lanzarote, general strike, 37°, 37degrees, island news
Flights to and from Spain, as well as buses and trains in the country will be affected due to the general strike on Thursday 29th March. Photo: Wikipedia

28/03/2012 (KMC) Spain/ Lanzarote - Aer Lingus has said that all passengers flying to and from Spain tomorrow are likely to experience “significant disruption” due to the general strike.

A spokesman for the airline said the strike would affect flights from mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands.

“We expect to be able to operate the majority of our flights in and out of Spain, but the exact details of the levels of disruption will be available at 2pm at which point we will update our customers via SMS and on aerlingus.com.”

Aer Lingus has 32 flights and around 4,000 passengers booked to fly tomorrow either to or from Spain.

A spokesman for other Irish airline Ryanair said it was monitoring the situation and that flight information and updates are available for passengers on the airline’s website.

All transport in Spain is expected to be severely affected because of the general strike. The strike has been called by unions to protest at the high unemployment rate in Spain which currently stands at 23% and is the highest in Europe. The strike is also in response to government changes to labour laws which will make it cheaper for companies to make its employees redundant. The general strike also comes one day before Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announces new austerity cuts in the 2012 budget.

In Lanzarote the PSOE party here has said that it fully endorses the strike and has called for people not to go to work.

The deputy Mayor of Arrecife, Jose Montelongo said: “The reforms are clearly detrimental to the interests of workers rights which have been required over many years of social struggle. Today reform is already at full capacity. Already workers are getting less compensation when being made redundant and others have had their working conditions and salaries changed. Or those who work for the civil service have been fired.”

Bus services in Lanzarote will operate at a minimum level of 20% throughout the day.  25% of services will be available between 6am and 9am and between 6pm and 9pm.

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