Published on : Friday, August 4, 2017
Union members working for the Eulen security firm at Spain’s second-busiest airport are calling one-hour strikes at key times on Fridays, Sundays and Mondays. Their issue is against the workload including 16-hour shifts, and against insufficient manpower. The workers staff the security checkpoints that all passengers and members of flight crew are obliged to pass through.
The Spanish government stipulates a “minimum service level” in order to protect the “fundamental right” of freedom of movement whenever there is a strike related to the disruption of travel. But even if nine out ten people work normally, the strikes could prove disruptive. The stoppages are taking place on the busiest days of the week and are timed to hit peak passenger flows. The 60-minute strikes begin at 5.30am, 10.30am, 4.30pm and 6.30pm.
Barcelona handles more than 45 million passengers a year and is one of the most important hub for the British travellers. The city’s El Prat airport is the leading destination from Gatwick, with 16 flights each way on Friday. There are 37 additional flights each way from 15 other UK airports, likely to be carrying 18,000 passengers in total.
Ryanair advised its passengers to arrive atleast three hours prior to the scheduled time to avoid the last minute hassle.
British Airways said in a statement:,“We are operating a normal schedule of flights to and from Barcelona airport on the days of potential strike action but are advising customers to allow extra time to go through airport security and immigration checks.”
This low-staff is causing onerous passport checks on outgoing passengers at airports across Europe’s Schengen Area. This is adding to the long delays and some travellers are missing their flight.
Monarch Airlines also advised customers to allow extra time for security and passport checks.
easyJet said: “Queue times for all passengers going through security are expected to be longer than usual. We are advising passengers to allow extra time to get through security, ensuring they arrive at the departure gate on time.”