Air Traffic Control strike starts Monday in Spain

Spanish Air Traffic Controllers in privatised control towers will be on strike on Monday 30 January, and every Monday for 5 weeks, unless an agreement can be reached.

The CCOO and USCA unions called the strikes, although there will be a minimum services that ranges between 18% and 84%, according to the resolution of the Ministry of Transport.

The privatised control towers -those of the airports of La Coruña, Alicante-Elche, Castellón, Cuatro Vientos, El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Ibiza, Jerez, Lanzarote, La Palma, Lleida, Murcia (Corvera), Sabadell, Seville, Valencia and Vigo- face the first of the five days of strikes, which will take place every Monday between January 30 and February 27.

The minimum services depend on the type of route, which reaches 100% for emergency flights, transfer of citizens or foreigners guarded by police officers or transport of universal postal mail or perishable products.

For commercial flights with routes with origin or destination in non-peninsular territories, the minimum services range between 52% from Lérida and 84% from La Coruña, depending on the estimated occupancy.

In the case of routes with foreign or Spanish cities whose travel time by road is at least five hours, the minimum services are between 44% of La Palma and 57% of Alicante.

In the routes that can be replaced by other means of public transport in less than five hours, the minimum services are between 18% of Castellón and 30% of Vigo.