Barcelona airport in chaos as baggage handlers walk out
28 July 2006, BARCELONA – Barcelona airport El Prat was on Friday afternoon at a standstill due to a strike by baggage handlers.
28 July 2006
BARCELONA – Barcelona airport El Prat was on Friday afternoon at a standstill due to a strike by baggage handlers.
Groundstaff had called a meeting at 9am on Friday at which they decided not to start work. Many workers assembled on the runways.
The strike is over a decision by Aena, which runs El Prat, to withdraw Iberia’s licence to run baggage services. Iberia unions UGT and CCOO said the move would lead to the loss of between 700 and 900 jobs.
The strike left passengers preparing to fly out for their summer holidays stranded on the ground as Eurocontrol, which handles air navigation safety, announced no flights would take off until at least 5pm.
Tourists heading for Barcelona also saw their holidays disrupted as Eurocontrol closed El Prat to incoming flights.
Passengers complained there was little information about what was going on.
A total of 942 flights were scheduled at the airport on Friday alone. An answer phone message at the airport stated: "We inform you that flights to Barcelona are currently suspended. For more information contact your airline."
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news