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Spanish Airport Strike Dates

By March 9, 2011

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Update: The strike mentioned in this post has been called off. Read more: Spain Airport Strikes Canceled Furthermore, the strikes threatened for August 2011 have also been called off: Spanish airport workers call off August strikes

They're at it again - staff at Spanish airports are unhappy about this and that, and if they don't get their way, our Spain travel plans will be disrupted.

There has been tension in Spain's air industry for some time. Threats of strikes are frequent, but they are usually called off, with some sort of temporary agreement usually found.

But this time it seems the gloves are really off, with a massive 22 days of strike action mooted.

Update: The strike mentioned in this post has been called off. Read more: Spain Airport Strikes Canceled Furthermore, the strikes threatened for August 2011 have also been called off: Spanish airport workers call off August strikes

The Spanish airport strike dates are:

  • April 20, 21, 24, 25 and 30, 2011
  • May 2, 14, 15, 19 and 20, 2011
  • June 13, 23 and 30, 2011
  • July 1, 2, 3, 4, 15 and 31, 2011
  • August 1, 15 and 31, 2011

Update: The strike mentioned in this post has been called off. Read more: Spain Airport Strikes Canceled Furthermore, the strikes threatened for August 2011 have also been called off: Spanish airport workers call off August strikes

The dates are fairly concentrated within each month, so it could be possible to fit your Spain travel plans around these dates. Alternatively, consider taking the train, bus or ferry from one of Spain's neighboring countries.


In answer to the questions being raised in the comments below:

  • This strike is not yet definite. Negotiations are underway and the strike could be called off at any time. Even if the first strike date goes ahead, this does not mean that all strikes will go ahead.
  • As this is a national Spanish airport problem, this will affect the Canary and Balearic Islands too, but not Portugal or Gibraltar.
  • This strike is by airport workers, not air traffic control staff. So it will not affect flights from Portugal, Gibraltar or Morocco, even if they fly over Spanish airspace.
  • In the days following the strike dates, it is quite possible that there will be a backlog of passengers trying to depart.
March 10, 2011 at 12:57 am
(1) Justin Smith says:

Spanish air traffic controllers are not currently involved in the proposed strike action. It is the state run employees of Aena who are worried about privatisation plans.

March 10, 2011 at 6:07 am
(2) Pete Griffiths says:

Will this affect air travel to the the Canaries?

March 10, 2011 at 6:35 am
(3) gospain says:

Justin – oops, thanks! Corrected.

Pete – if the strikes indeed go ahead, then yes it would.

March 10, 2011 at 7:24 am
(4) Crystal says:

Are the dates for June correct as on other website they were listed as June 13, 23 and 30 ?

March 10, 2011 at 7:31 am
(5) gospain says:

Not having a good day, am I?

Corrected. Thanks, Crystal.

March 10, 2011 at 9:29 am
(6) Peter Gibson says:

If the Air Traffic Controllers don’t go on strike would this affect Gibraltar.

March 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm
(7) Steve says:

will the strikes affect going to Palma Airport (majorca) on 13th June

March 10, 2011 at 2:20 pm
(8) caz says:

Hi, we are due to come back from malaga on the 20th april?? should i try and change my flight date with the airline??

March 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm
(9) marc says:

would this affect flights to faro in portugal ?

March 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm
(10) Anandale says:

I’m wondering if you know, from past incidents, what this means as far as air travel. The additional links are just for travel inbound to Spain. Would all flights in and out be affected? In other words, baggage handlers, and all the people who make an airport function, such that no flights would take off from Spain airports?

March 11, 2011 at 4:50 am
(11) Jordi says:

Please add to the list also 10th of April, Thank you :) )

March 11, 2011 at 6:47 am
(12) Adrian says:

Gibraltar is run by the RAF and not AENA; if ATC do go on strike, then yes it could well be a problem

March 11, 2011 at 8:19 am
(13) gospain says:

I’ve clarified where will be affected, in answer to these questions.

Actually, Adrian, NATS runs Gibraltar airport, not the RAF. They got the contract about five years ago. But your point still stands – it is British-run, so won’t be affected.

March 11, 2011 at 10:27 am
(14) stuart says:

going to fuerteventura on may 16th to 23rd,will i have problems.

March 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm
(15) Barry G says:

i am going to gran canaria on the 9th may till 16th will i be affected in anyway with this?

March 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm
(16) marie says:

Surely planes fly over Portugal to get to spain from the UK??

March 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm
(17) MARIE says:

Meant to say fly over Spain to get to Portugal!!

March 11, 2011 at 9:26 pm
(18) Condog says:

My holiday is cancelled you pricks

March 11, 2011 at 11:43 pm
(19) mark reiss says:

I was scheduled to fly into Madrid on April 21, then fly Madrid to Palma April 24. Since both those dates are listed as potential strike dates, I have changed dates, and am now due to fly Boston to Madrid, leaving Boston on April 21, and arriving April 22. Will Madrid airport be open and operating on April 22? I also am planning to fly Madrid to Palma on April 22? That date is apparently not a strike date. Will it be safe to book that date?

March 12, 2011 at 4:11 am
(20) julie says:

will my flight home from Portugal be affected on 21st april ?

March 12, 2011 at 4:50 am
(21) Dave Johnston says:

I have booked 2 weeks with first choice to lanzarote on the 24th april how can I keep up with current updates about the proposed strike by air traffic controllers thanks (hoping its called off)

March 12, 2011 at 5:38 am
(22) Jo says:

Do we know which airports will be affected in Spain and is it inbound and outbound flights?

March 12, 2011 at 5:42 am
(23) Cathrine says:

I’m leaving to go to Barcelona on the 22nd of April, will my flight be delayed because of this.

March 12, 2011 at 6:03 am
(24) JPStevenson says:

we have booked to the canaries on the 27th April, and come back on the 4th of May. I know these dates are not affected, but will there be be back log of flights causing any problems to our travel arrangements?


March 12, 2011 at 10:10 am
(25) sarah says:

i am off to gran canaria 23rd may til 6th of june will that flight be affected..

March 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm
(26) Faffy says:

I am flying to Alicante on the 17th April and retuening on the 26th April. My question is, if they go ahead and strike on the 25th April will the preference go to those who were affected on the 25th to clear the backlog or to those passengers who are booked to fly on the 26th?

March 13, 2011 at 5:09 am
(27) Lucy says:

Hi, I have booked a suprise 30th present for my partner and am taking him to Malta – will we still be able to get to Malta and back from Birmingham as some people are telling me yes and some no.. Thanks in advance.

March 13, 2011 at 10:22 am
(28) Joan says:

I am flying to salou on the 3 of may and flying back on the 14 may what shall I do cancel or wait and see what happens.

March 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm
(29) bev says:

Hi due to fly to palma for family holiday 31st of may rreturn on the 7th may do you think my holiday will be effected by the strikes

March 14, 2011 at 8:33 am
(30) Tony Manning says:

Will the strike affect Majorca flights? I am supposed to be flying out on 14th May.

March 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm
(31) Sara says:

Does anyone know if there is an update? I’m flying to Peru on April 20th and have to change in Madrid :(

March 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm
(32) Mena says:

@Jordi : Is 10th of April confirmed ?

Thank you very much !

March 15, 2011 at 5:35 pm
(33) kate h says:

we r due to fly into Madrid on the 21st April from Marrakesh. 1/should we try to fly in on the 22nd or 23rd or
2/ try bus and ferry to Malaga?

March 15, 2011 at 6:31 pm
(34) Larry says:

schedule to flight in to Ibiza from Barcelona July 15 tickets and rooms is payed for already. Would that be possible because of the strike going on? Please let me know me and family booked flights this day already

March 18, 2011 at 8:25 am
(35) Phil Paterson says:

Any flight that needs to transit Spanish air space will be affected. i.e. Portugal,Gibraltar. Unless they can divert these flights will be affected.

March 18, 2011 at 8:35 am
(36) Damian says:

Phil, this is an airport staff strike, not an air traffic control strike. Spanish airspace is not affected.

March 20, 2011 at 10:56 am
(37) phil says:

i’m going to benidorm on the 30th of april will i be affected ? and will it be moved on to an nother date? thankyou!

March 20, 2011 at 10:59 am
(38) Thomas says:

im also flying to Benidorm on the 30th, how will i know if the flight dates have been changed. Will i receive a letter in the post ?

March 20, 2011 at 11:02 am
(39) phil says:

What hotel are you staying in Thomas ?

March 20, 2011 at 11:03 am
(40) Thomas says:

sol pelicanos, what about you ?

March 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm
(41) Jan says:
March 23, 2011 at 4:15 am
(42) angie says:

i am due to fly back from trs on 2 dates…20th may and 15th july..will i be affected?

March 31, 2011 at 5:49 pm
(43) Judy says:

Is the 10th of April to be added as stated by Jordi?

April 1, 2011 at 6:48 am
(44) Jeff says:

Why can no one read the post properly? It says clearly that the strike is CANCELLED!!!

April 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm
(45) Juidy says:

You don’t have to get snooty about it

August 9, 2011 at 8:56 am
(46) rhisian says:

oh my god im supose to be flying to tenerife on the 19th for my sisiter wedding shes going sat the 13th cant belive this just our luck flying with ryanair wil this strike deffo go ahaed?

August 13, 2011 at 7:56 am
(47) gospain says:

As the article says in at least three places, the strike HAS BEEN CANCELED’

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