Ibiza travellers warned to expect travel chaos due to strikes

If you’re thinking of travelling to Ibiza to wave goodbye to the summer season in style, you might want to rethink your travel plans.

Union representatives under the Spanish Airport Authority, AENA, have announced this week that they plan to take strike action for 25 days, starting from September 15 through to selected dates in December.

The strikes follow a dispute over agreeable pay and are scheduled to last at least 24 hours on each day. Airport officials say this will cause problems for passengers travelling to Ibiza.

It won’t just be Ibiza Airport that is affected. The strikes are expected to cause travel chaos at all Spanish airports until the end of the year, but particularly during September, when thousands of Brits head abroad in order to enjoy the last of the summer sunshine.

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Strike action began at the beginning of spring this year when 140 staff members, including security and cleaning staff, took strike action following a dispute over pay. The airport descended into chaos and passengers were forced to queue for hours to get through security when Prosegur employees walked out at midnight.  

Flights were delayed and holidaymakers were left with no other option but to wait in the heat for several hours. The airport was also buried under mountains of rubbish after cleaning and security staff took strike action earlier this year.

Thousands of travellers from across Europe are expected to be affected by the planned strike action.

Each and every year, Ibiza attracts millions of tourists who visit the island to enjoy its many exciting landscapes. Home to some of the biggest clubs in the world, amazing restaurants, beaches, and cultural landmarks, Ibiza is a popular destination all year round.

The strike action is planned for the following dates:

  • September: 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, 29th
  • October: 1st, 6th, 11th, 15th, 27th, 30th, 31st
  • November: 3rd, 5th
  • December: 1st, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th

If you are planning on travelling to Spain in the next few months, airport officials are advising all travellers to check the airport’s website for updates before travelling.