Weekend strike at Barcelona airport cancels at least 124 flights
BARCELONA, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Spain's largest airline,
Vueling, has cancelled 112 flights scheduled for Saturday and
Sunday because of a strike by ground staff at Barcelona's El
Earlier this month, the ground crew for International
Airlines Group’s Iberia airline called strikes on Aug.
24-25 and then on Aug. 30-31. Iberia cancelled six flights for
this coming Saturday to or from Barcelona and another six for
Sunday, an airline spokesperson said.
Combining both Vueling, which is also owned by IAG, and
Iberia, 124 flights have been cancelled in Barcelona for this
Barcelona-based Vueling, which usually has around 600 to 700
weekend flights from Spain's second-largest airport, said it had
been re-booking travellers on other flights. It warned that
other airlines' flights would also be affected.
El Prat is Spain's second-largest airport after Madrid's
Barajas. Its traffic grows in summer during the peak tourist
Spanish trade union UGT has called on Iberia ground staff in
Madrid to also strike on Aug. 30 and 31. The
union's main demands are more full-time contracts, training, and
the use of new vehicles.
(Reporting by Ashifa Kassam and Joan Faus; writing by Andrei
Khalip; editing by Larry King)
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