Spanish Skies Shut Down After 90% Of Air Traffic Controllers "Call In Sick" In Protest Over Austerity
Update from the AP: Spain orders its air traffic controllers to resume work or military will take over control of airspace. That's some serious flu going around.
If you are reading this from an airplane, we can only hope your final destination is not Spain. Sky News has just broken that virtually all Spanish air traffic is shut down after 90% of air traffic controllers have decided not to work due to "illness" but mostly in protest of austerity. Those with a memory that stretches beyond the last Dancing with the Stars episode will recall that this is what happened in Greece just days before the people died in riots and Waddell and Reed experimented with the whole sell concept.
From Sky News:
Passengers across Spain are facing huge disruption after air traffic controllers staged an unofficial walkout.
The group called in sick en masse, closing down airspace over Spain - except the southern region of Andalucia.
"Around 90% of controllers abandoned their work posts," resulting in the mass shutdown, said an AENA spokesman.
There were just three air traffic controllers at Madrid's Barajas airport to cope with landing aircraft, the spokesman added.
Transport minister Jose Blanco said Spain would not allow the air traffic controllers to engage in "blackmail".
Those due to fly to Spain from the UK are being advised to call their airline.'