Irish holidaymakers facing disruption as Spanish air traffic controllers confirm strike

Dispute: Stranded passengers at an airport in Spain during the 2010 strike
Dispute: Stranded passengers at an airport in Spain during the 2010 strike

Irish and British holidaymakers travelling to Spain in June should be prepared for the worst after air traffic controllers there confirmed a strike.

The partial strikes, which occur on June 8,10,12 and 14, were announced today by the USCA union in Spain. 

Air traffic controllers are disputing penalties given by AENA - the country's airport operator - for a strike in 2010.

The dispute is over the fines and suspensions given by airport operator AENA to 61 controllers for a walkout that happened.

Speaking today, CEO of the Irish Travel Agents' Association (ITAA) Pat Dawson said the strike will be an inconvenience for Irish travellers. 

"The timing of this Spanish air traffic strike will be a real inconvenience to Irish holidaymakers at what is the beginning of the summer holiday season," said Mr Dawson. 

Spain has consistently been the number one holiday destination for the Irish public, with over 1.3 million visits last year alone.

"All of our member travel agents will work closely with their leisure customers to minimise inconvenience by keeping them up to date with delays and cancellations as well as assisting them with rebooking flights and changing travel plans," Dawson added.

Dawson and the ITAA are urging Irish travellers to remain in contact with their travel agents in the coming week. 

The strikes will be staged for two hours each morning and two hours each afternoon across the country.