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Spain: Airport walkouts threaten holiday chaos for millions

9 March 2011

The walkouts, starting in the run-up to Easter, would ground hundreds of flights and wreck the holiday plans of families hoping to grab some spring sunshine.

22 days of strikes are planned, starting on April 20 and continuing through May and June until the end of July.

The Spanish dispute involves 12,500 ground staff employed by Aena, the state-controlled airports authority, which has been earmarked for privatisation.

It threatens to shut down nearly every airport in the country, including those in the Canary Islands, a particularly popular destination at Easter.