French strike hits Spanish flights to Britain

28th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 March 2006, MADRID – Delays were reported Tuesday for some UK-bound flights from Madrid due to a strike by French air traffic controllers, while at least 20 flights between Spain and France were cancelled, the Spanish Airport Authority (AENA) said. In a statement, AENA warned that flights to France from Madrid’s Barajas International Airport and from Barcelona, as well as flights passing through French airspace to other European destinations, could face delays or even cancellations until 7am on Wednesda

28 March 2006

MADRID – Delays were reported Tuesday for some UK-bound flights from Madrid due to a strike by French air traffic controllers, while at least 20 flights between Spain and France were cancelled, the Spanish Airport Authority (AENA) said.
 
In a statement, AENA warned that flights to France from Madrid’s Barajas International Airport and from Barcelona, as well as flights passing through French airspace to other European destinations, could face delays or even cancellations until 7am on Wednesday.

AENA asked passengers to confirm departure times with the airlines. One Iberia flight from Madrid to Brussels was cancelled and flights to London, Paris, Frankfurt, Stockholm and Prague were delayed by up to two hours, officials said.

Other airlines also reported cancellations and delays. Authorities said the situation could worsen throughout the day as a knock on effect disturbs later flights.

In a bid to minimize the effects of the strike, AENA was working with civil aviation officials in other countries and the airlines to reroute flights away from French airspace.
 
Spanish and British aviation authorities increased flights on one route linking Spain, the United Kingdom, Ireland and north-western Europe to handle the extra traffic.


(Copyright EFE with Expatica)

Subject: Spanish news

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