On January 5, 6, 7, and 8, a strike by the Iberia handling service (Iberia Airport Service), instigated by the CCOO, UGT, and USO unions, has cast uncertainty over many travellers.

This industrial action is set to cancel 444 flights operated by Iberia, Iberia Express, and Air Nostrum, throwing a spanner in the works of holidaymakers and those returning from Christmas vacations in Spain.

The strikes aim to resolve a labour dispute linked to the loss of handling licences at major Spanish airports.

This will affect 45,641 travellers who have already bought tickets. Specifically, 270 flights from Iberia, 64 from Iberia Express, and 110 from Air Nostrum will be cancelled.

Additionally, a separate strike by the UGT union at the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport’s platform control towers from December 31 to January 7 compounds the disruption.

Despite reduced impact due to lower traffic and ‘excessive’ minimum services, the ripple effect is significant.