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Two-thirds of Spanish air controllers turn up for work

Two-thirds of Spanish air controllers who had been due to work Saturday turned up for their shifts, airport operator AENA said Saturday, after the government intervened to end a wildcat strike.

Of the 159 air traffic controllers scheduled to be on duty, 109 were at their posts for the afternoon shift, an AENA spokesman said.

Madrid-Barajas airport would be open for flights from 4:00 pm (1500 GMT) but actual departures would depend on whether airlines were ready to re-start, the spokesman said.