Talks organised to avoid Spanish airport strikes

Talks organised to avoid Spanish airport strikes

Union leaders in Spain are set to meet with the country’s development minister Jose Blanco tomorrow in an attempt to prevent strikes at Spanish airports. Today the unions threatened to hold industrial action over 22 days in April and August, which would have impacted the UK’s most popular holiday periods. The walkout would include baggage handlers and back office staff, as well as firemen. An IATA spokesperson told the Daily Telegraph that other European airports could be affected if the strikes go ahead. “If you take one country out of the network, there could be problems,” he said. “Any disruption can lead to aircraft and crews being stranded in the wrong place, which can have a knock-on impact.” It would also impact connecting flights that include Spain as a stopover. Blanco is reported to be optimistic that an agreement can be reached, but unions did not agree. Should strike action take place, Essential Travel has said that consumers should check that they are covered for cancellations in their insurance policy. “Only customers who booked their insurance prior to 9th March 2011 will be covered fully, as per their terms and conditions, for claims arising from disruption caused by the Spanish strike action.  Cover will also be automatically extended should their return travel arrangements be affected,” he explained. “Anyone purchasing travel insurance from 9th March onwards should be fully covered under medical and baggage however they are unlikely to be covered for travel delay, travel abandonment and missed departure but should check their policy wording.”

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