Spain has announced it may bring in military air traffic controllers to guarantee air traffic, as more air traffic controllers are allegedgly on “sick” strike, which has caused chaos at Barcelona airport. Staff shortages have also affected Mallorca and Ibiza airports.
Spanish Transport Minister, Jose Blanco told Cadena SER radio network that “In exceptional situations we will employ aerial military controllers to guarantee aviation traffic in our country”.
Trade union officials claim the absences are justified medically and that any delays that may have occured are merely a result of poor scheduling.
The use of military air traffic controllers would be “rash” and “dangerous” said the head of the union, Camilo Cesa at a press conference.