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Ryanair calls for EU action ahead of Spanish airport strikes

9th March 2011 Print

Ryanair has called on the EU Commission to take urgent action to ensure that strikes will not cause cancellations and delays to passengers this Easter. 

Ryanair said that strike notice by high paid AENA workers, in protest over AENA’s plans to privatise some Spanish Airports, are designed to cause widespread disruption during the peak Easter period.
Ryanair condemned the failure of European Governments to reform ATC services after the repeated strikes, no shows, and work to rules which cancelled or delayed thousands of flights for millions of passengers across Europe in 2010.
Speaking in Madrid Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said today:
“Europe’s airlines and passengers suffered at the hands of ATC providers throughout 2010 and now, ahead of yet another Spanish strike, Ryanair is calling on the EU to take action to prevent further strike action.  Ryanair will not allow its passengers to be inconvenienced further by the selfish strike action by AENA workers.
“Action must be taken at EU level to ensure that the ‘right to strike’ is removed from essential airport services and competition must be introduced across Europe’s ATC providers to ensure that a strike in one country is not be allowed to disrupt millions of passengers’ travel plans.”