Airports are starting to worry about the strike called by Ryanair cabin crew members (TCP). Last Friday's first day did not result in any cancellation of flights to or from Spain. The airline had operated 100% of the trips and was unaware of the shortage of staff. The second and third days had a greater impact.
On Saturday, strikes caused the cancellations of 75 flights from Spanish airports, and delayed 180 more. However, the TCP strike on Sunday saw the cancellations of 54 flights to or fro Spain. This was confirmed by the USO union which is calling for strikes to improve the working conditions at the TCP.
Additionally, delays were experienced by 58 flights leaving from Spanish airports. This third day of strikes in Spain also coincided with deliveries also made in Portugal, Belgium, and France.
Malaga airport was most affected, with 12 departures and 8 arrivals cancelled. Six delayed flights were also added. Barcelona El Prat airport was next with six cancellations and six arrivals, plus eight delays. The airport of Palma de Mallorca also had more than a dozen delays, one cancellation and one departure.
Three more strike days are available. They will take place at the airline's Spanish bases on June 30, July 1, and 2.
The most noticeable stoppages by Ryanair crew members are in Belgium. Belgium does not have minimum mandatory services.
The Easyjet TCP has also decided to strike in Spain this summer. The stoppages in your case will start on the 1st of July and last nine days. This is to help unblock the negotiations of the II Collective Agreement. Both strikes will occur on July 1st and 2nd, which could increase tension at airports like Barcelona, where both airlines are based.
All of this suggests a complicated summer at Spanish and European airports. Luis Gallego (CEO of IAG), announced the news at the shareholders' meeting a few days back. Many airlines have lost their staff due to the pandemic. Now it is more difficult to recover their capacity because of the increased demand and the end to restrictions.
Many airlines are changing their flight schedules. But Lufthansa is the most well-known. It has had to cancel almost 3,000 flights because it did not have enough staff to handle them. The German airline had announced 900 cancellations two weeks ago. However, last week, the number of cancellations increased to 2,200 at Frankfurt and Munich airports. This mainly affects flights within Germany and Europe.