EASYJET pilots have announced nine days of strikes in Spain next month, which threatens to add to this summer’s travel chaos.
The strikes were announced by Spanish pilot union SEPLA and will affect three airports in the country.
They will be held on three different three-day periods, totaling nine days altogether.
The first of the strikes will take place from August 12-14, the second from August 19-21 and the third and final strike will be from August 27-29.
The walkouts will affect flights at easyJet’s bases at Barcelona, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca.
SEPLA is demanding that easyJet reestablish pilots’ working conditions from before the COVID-19 pandemic and provide its pilots with a new multi-year contract deal.
EasyJet said it was aware of an upcoming pilot strike at its Spanish bases in Barcelona, Malaga and Palma in Mallorca.
“We are disappointed with this action at this critical time for the industry,” the company said in a statement, adding that negotiations with SEPLA are ongoing.
SEPLA claimed the airline has refused to meet any request from the pilots’ collective and has presented a new proposal that further cuts their conditions in real terms.
The strikes this month prompted the government to update their travel advice for Brits thinking about going to Spain.
The Foreign Office advice currently states: they “cause some disruption” to flights to and from Spain.
It added: “If you think your travel plans may be affected, you should consult your airline for the latest travel updates.”
EasyJet cabin crew called off their own strike this morning, after plans to walk out this weekend.
But the airline are not the only one who has had to deal with strikes in Spain this summer.
Ryanair flight attendants have staged walkouts throughout July and are now planning five more months of strike action.
The budget airline’s walkouts will start from August 8, and run every week until January 7.
Ten Spanish airports will be affected, including Madrid, Malaga, Barcelona, Alicante, Sevilla, Palma, Valencia, Girona, Santiago de Compostela and Ibiza.
British Airways pilots are also threatening to strike, which could cancel almost all of their services.
Lufthansa had to cancel hundreds of flights this week due to a pilot walkout in Germany.