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06-2022

Labor conflict in airlines doesn’t prevent recovery of passengers

Labor struggles at airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet in Spain or SAS in the Nordic countries have not caused any significant dent in the airline business, with strikes called off since early July. Even severe conflicts at airports in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands have stalled recovery during one of the hardest-hit activities during the pandemic. Last July, Spanish Aina airport reached its best level of activity since the outbreak of COVID, with more than 27 million passengers that month. Thus, they are down only eight points from the year 2019, when they registered record figures.

In the accumulation for the first seven months of 2022, 83.9% of passenger traffic is recovered as compared to the same period of 2019. From January to July 2022, Aina’s latest figures indicate, with 132,007,150 passengers. Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport recorded the highest number of passengers with 5,025,214, representing a decrease of 15.5% compared to July 2019. This is followed by Josep Tardales Barcelona-El Prat Airport with 4,431,648 (-17.3%); Palma de Mallorca, with 4,132,434 (-1.8%); Málaga-Costa del Sol, with 2,064,856 (-7.3%); Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernandez, with 1,519,739 passengers (-11.7%); Ibiza, 1,343,450 (+0.8%); and Gran Canaria, with 1,068,205 passengers (-0.1%). Airports that receive sun and beach tours thus recover the best activity.


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Pilots strike on EasyJet in El Prat and Palma. forced to cancel twelve flights to or from

It remains to be seen, yes, the impact of the strikes called at Ryanair and EasyJet in this month of August. During the month, only one day will not be affected by any stoppage of cabin crew and pilots. Barcelona airport was blocked yesterday by protests by pilots in the worst possible way Less cost Supported by the British, Sepla Federation. In total, six flights were canceled at El Prat – three originally and three as destinations – due to the strike and another six in Palma de Mallorca. Passengers affected by the suspension of flights in Barcelona regret that the airline had not informed them of the situation until they reached the boarding gate. Martijn Tross, spokesman for the Sepla union section at EasyJet, yesterday urged the airline to present a “realistic” proposal that does not require a “pay cut” in relation to the pre-pandemic situation. Accordingly, the terms offered by the company represent a loss of about 25% purchasing power for the group of pilots compared to 2019.

The strike will continue today and tomorrow with minimum services between 57% and 61% of flights depending on the airport. Ryanair will begin Monday through Thursday and EasyJet pilots will resume the 72-hour protest on Friday.


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