Iberia halts flights amid strike

Iberia halts flights amid strike


Spanish airline Iberia has cancelled all flights

Iberia has cancelled all Spanish flights after a walk-out by the country’s air traffic controllers shut down most of its airspace.

The airline said in a statement that passengers should not go to airports and those who are there should return home or go to hotels.

All Iberia flights in Spain were cancelled until 6am (0500 GMT) on Sunday.

The controllers abandoned their posts on Friday evening amid a lengthy dispute over working conditions and after Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and his ministers approved a package of austerity measures – including a move to partially privatise airports and hand over management of the Madrid and Barcelona airports to the private sector.

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