Update 30 June: Following last month’s strike action, which had really very little effect thanks to minimal cover requirements imposed by the Government, ATC union USCCA has announced increased stoppages in July. Strike action will take place on 11 & 12, and 25 & 26 July, between 10am and 1pm on the 11th and 25th, and between 5pm and 8pm on the 12th and 26th.
Update 4 June: The Tenerife Cabildo has advised of THIS update from ABTA concerning the stoppages as follows:
The ABTA Destination Services team has learnt that Spanish Air Traffic control have notified of their intention for strike action on four dates 8, 10, 12 and 14 June.
We understand that the strike action will be for 4 hours per day and will be conducted in 2 hour slots – 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon believed to 0800-1000UTC and 1600-1800UTC ( 0900 11.00 and 17.00 – 19.00 UK time) on the dates specified however the exact timing are yet to be confirmed.
Negotiations are ongoing between ENAIRE, who are responsible for air traffic management and control, and for the communication, navigation and surveillance networks in Spain and USCA the Spanish ATC Union.
The likely impact of the strike action is unclear at this stage and as a precaution members are advised to liaise with their airlines to establish potential impacts on their flight programmes should the proposed strike action take place.
The ABTA Destination Services team will continue to monitor the situation and circulate more details as more information becomes available.
Original post 28 May: Spanish air traffic controllers’ union USCA has issued a strike notice for next month as a response to fines and temporary suspensions of ATC operatives for calling wildcat strikes in 2010. The industrial action is likely to have some effect on travellers to and from the Canaries, mainly delays rather than cancellations because the “strike” is actually a series of short stoppages on 8, 10, 12 and 14 June for just two hours at a time. None the less, travellers will hope that, as often happens, the summer strikes will be called off at the last minute.