THE Balearic government is busy toasting a great summer season at the ITB tourism fair in Berlin but there is no mention of the fact that a major strike by airport staff is on the cards. I would say that the Balearic government should inject a note of caution in their forecasts but as we are in an election year everything goes by the board!
The threat of the airport strike in Spain was front-page news across Europe. I suspect that many, who haven´t booked their holidays, will be pondering whether or not they want to come on holiday to Spain with the possibility of airport strikes. I am afraid to say it is as simple as that.
Does anyone really want their holiday disrupted by strike action? I suspect that the threat of industrial action will be called off but the damage has already been done. Spain needs to launch a damage limitation exercise and keep the media and would-be holiday bookers informed of all the latest developments. The privatisation of the airports across the country was always going to be controversial and we must remember that Spain has already been hit by a wildcat strike by air traffic controllers which caused havoc. It is a great shame that at a time when Spain appeared to be emerging from recession and now these hopes have been dented.