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Travel chaos in Spain as airlines strike before Christmas

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Dozens of flights were canceled in Spain on Friday after employees of low-cost airlines went on strike before the Christmas holidays.

Domestic and international carrier Air Nostrum had to cancel 78 flights in the past two days after pilots began a flight that will continue to disrupt holiday travel.

According to the airline, around 35 flights per day will also be canceled on December 26, 27, 29 and 30 and the two days following the New Year.

Pilots union Cipla blames the strike on Air Nostrum’s failure to negotiate fair increases in wages and working conditions.

Meanwhile, Spanish airline Vueling is dealing with an ongoing crew strike. The airline said it had to cancel 10% of flights during the days of the strike.

The Vueling strike began earlier this month and affects flights every Friday, Sunday, Monday and holiday.

Stavla, the union behind the Vueling strike, called the company’s plan to raise wages by just 2% an “insult”.

For their part, Ryanair passengers have to deal with yet another cabin crew strike affecting flights from Monday to Thursday through January 7.

Long lines were also reported at Madrid airport, where private security workers went on an indefinite strike.

Despite all the labor measures, the situation for air travel in Spain threatens to be much worse.

Up to 10,000 employees of Spanish airport operator Aena were also planning to strike over the festive period, which would have greatly affected travel.

However, after reaching a last-minute agreement, the union called off work last Wednesday.

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