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controllers returned to their posts after the Government threatend them with criminal action. It is expected to take 24-48 hours for things ...
controllers returned to their posts after the Government threatend them with criminal action. It is expected to take 24-48 hours for things to return to normal.

The introduction of a ‘State of Alarm’ and the threat of criminal prosecution of the Spanish Air Traffic Controllers by the Government have resulted in all the controllers arriving for work in the 1500hr Saturday afternoon shift.

AENA the Spanish Airports Authority has as a consequence re-opened Spanish air space, and flights are starting to get underway again.
Minister for Development, José Blanco, warned however that it will take between 24 and 48 hours for things to return to normal.

Spokesperson for the USCA Air Traffic Controllers Union on the Baleares, Javier Zanón, told El Mundo that the Guardia Civil had arrived ‘pistols in hand’ and ‘forced us to sit in front of the monitors’.

The cabinet held an emergency session on Saturday morning and decided to declare a ‘State of Alarm’, after an estimated 90% of air traffic controllers walked away from their posts from 5pm on Friday night.

The chaos was enormous, not least because it was the start of the longest bank holiday weekend of the year, and thousands of Spaniards were hoping to depart

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