Air traffic action shuts Madrid, Balearic island operations

3rd December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Airport operations in Madrid and the Balearic islands were closed Friday by air traffic controllers calling in sick en masse, the AENA airport operator said.

"Controllers are calling in sick en masse and declaring themselves unable to work," said an AENA official.

Air space had been closed over Madrid and the Balearic islands of Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza and Minorca, the official said.

The government said earlier in the day it will sell up to 49 percent of Spanish airport operator AENA. The controllers' action coincides with a long weekend in Spain: next Monday and Wednesday are holidays.

© 2010 AFP

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