Spanish government declares State of Emergency, as flights were canceled due to air traffic controllers strike

By on Dec 4, 2010 in Europe, Lifestyle, Travel, World Comments

Updated December 5, 2010 1:48 a.m.

Read Spanish air traffic reopens as strike ends, airports going back to normal

The Spanish government declared State of Emergency, as numerous flights were canceled after air traffic controllers went on strike, according to international news sites on Saturday.

According to the reports, air traffic controllers went on strike almost simultaneously on various airports in Spain since Friday.

The affected airports that were closed include that of in Palma de Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Canary Islands, and in Barajas, Madrid.

With that, tens of thousands of passengers are now stranded as numerous flights has been canceled.

The Spanish government threatened to send in the military to take over operations and the air traffic controllers will be arrested if they will not report back to work.

Apparently, the strike came after new guidelines were issued by the Director of Air Navigation, Carmen Librero, which limits the workers to 1,670 hours of work a year without sick leave.

The airport workers in Spain were said to have been the highest paid in Europe.

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