Ryanair and easyJet cancel flights to Spain due to strikes – with further walkouts expected this week

STRIKES across Spain have led to the cancellation of a number of flights – with further walkouts expected this week.

EasyJet pilots and Ryanair cabin crew have both gone on strike in recent months, affecting Britons traveling to Spain.

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A number of Spanish flights have been canceled due to Ryanair and easyJet flightsCredit: PA

Ryanair strikes led to the cancellation of four flights to Barcelona and two to Mallorca yesterday, according to local mediawith 28 others retarded.

And the easyJet strikes caused 38 flights canceled since last Friday, affecting passengers from Palma, Malaga and Barcelona.

Further strikes are planned this week which could cause more disruption for Britons traveling abroad over the last weekend of the summer holidays.

EasyJet pilots are due to strike again this weekend from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th.

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The strikes were announced by Spanish pilots’ union Sepla, which is calling on easyJet to restore pilots’ working conditions before the COVID-19 pandemic and provide its pilots with new multi-year contracts.

The Ryanair strikes are due to continue from Monday to Thursday until January 2023, backed by both USO and Sitclpa union groups.

The unions are demanding 22 days of vacation and an additional two months of pay per year to comply with Spanish labor laws.

However, Ryanair and easyJet say they expect disruption to be minimal for the majority of holidaymakers.

An easyJet spokesman previously said it was “disappointed” with the strike and expected “some disruption”.

A Ryanair spokesperson told Sun Online Travel: “These two small unions which represent only a handful of our Spanish cabin crew staged a number of poorly supported ‘strikes’ in June and July which had little or no impact on Ryanair flights to or from Spain.

“On a point of correction, while a tiny number of Ryanair flights to Spain were canceled or delayed in July, this was mainly due to ATC strikes and flight delays. No flights were canceled in July due to these unsuccessful and poorly supported strikes by these two minority unions (USO & SITCPLA) which represent only a small handful of Ryanair’s Spanish cabin crew.

“The vast majority of Ryanair’s Spanish cabin crew are represented by the CCOO union who have already reached a working agreement with Ryanair which covers most of our Spanish cabin crew.”

Last month’s strikes prompted the government to update its travel advice for Britons planning to visit Spain.

The Foreign Office advisory currently states: “A possible strike may disrupt flights to and from Spain. You should check with your airline for updates before travelling.”

And there is more misery for Britons this winter as British Airways has confirmed 10,000 flights are to be canceled until March 2023.

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The flag carrier has already been forced to cancel flights from London Heathrow in recent weeks due to the airport’s current cap.

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EasyJet pilots will strike their last strike this weekend

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EasyJet pilots will strike their last strike this weekendCredit: Alamy