Spain airports prepare for worst as thousands of flights may be CANCELLED

Flights to holiday hotspots like Barcelona, Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza could be plunged into chaos if Spanish air traffic control workers call a strike this summer.
At the end of last week, the ATC union and Spanish government crunch talks to rescue Brits from holiday hell looked promising, but a major Spanish airport has announced it is preparing for the worst.
Controllers at the Control Center of Gavà in Barcelona have threatened to call a strike in July and August if the Spanish government did not meet their demands.
A last minute meeting was set for crunch talks last week for before the strike goes ahead.
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PREPARED: A major Spanish airport is preparing for the worst despite talks looking positive
Spanish government bosses promised to make sure talks go well so the strike will no longer be “necessary”, and have revealed the two sides are close to coming to an agreement.
The negotiations between the Trade Union of Air Traffic Controllers and the government have taken another positive step as bosses handed the union an offer but bosses at Barcelona-El Prat airport are preparing for the worst.
The strike will affect airports on the east coast of Spain and the Balearics, including at El Prat Airport in Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca Airport, Ibiza Airport and Menorca Airport if it goes ahead.
Flights passing through Spanish airspace will also be majorly disrupted if the strikes go ahead.
Airport boss Sònia Corrochano, said the airport is "prepared" to react to the consequences of a strike and are working on a “contingency plan” so passengers can travel with as little disruption as possible.
Last year 2.8 million Brits visited the Balearic Islands, with the most popular month for visitors being July.
The Barcelona ATC strikes will affect flights on Wednesdays and Sundays throughout July and August – throwing Brits' holiday plans into chaos.
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CHAOS: Holiday makers could be thrown into travel turmoil if the strikes go ahead
Workers are demanding more than one day off out of every eight so they can spend more time with the families.
They are also asking for a more consistent rota as they claim they are often scheduled to work an exhausting pattern of nights and mornings.
The disgruntled staff claim the irregular pattern of work can lead to workers becoming fatigued, which could prove deadly given the high-pressure nature of their job.
The Spanish government have made the workers and offer which includes increasing the number of staff by 21%, from 2,100 controllers to around 2,600 by 2025.
They also offered 96 new controllers to the Barcelona centre by 2023.
A spokesman for the union said they were satisfied and optimistic with the speed at which the negotiations are progressing.
They are happy the offer presented is long-term, but aired on the side of caution saying: “Any agreement is not closed until it is signed."
The two sides are meeting again this morning to to agree on some of the “fringed” of the negotiation.