Spanish ATCs Cancel Strike

15 August 2010 (Last Updated August 15th, 2010 18:30)

Spain's air traffic controllers (ATCs) have decided to call off the strike planned at the end of August and will resume negotiations with Spanish airport authority Aeropuertos Espanoles y Navegacion Aerea (AENA). The proposed strike was expected to ruin the summer holidays of tourists f

Spain's air traffic controllers (ATCs) have decided to call off the strike planned at the end of August and will resume negotiations with Spanish airport authority Aeropuertos Espanoles y Navegacion Aerea (AENA).

The proposed strike was expected to ruin the summer holidays of tourists flying to Spain and have a negative impact on the country's aviation and tourism industries.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Spain's tourist industry had urged AENA and air traffic controllers in Spain to take all measures to avoid strike action.

IATA's director general and CEO Giovanni Bisignani requested the Spanish ATCs accept AENA's offer and enter into an arbitration process to resolve the differences.