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UPDATED: Spain’s summer strike calendar – The days you should avoid flying

Following the announcement that Ryanair and EasyJet staff have added further strike days in August and September 2022, we list the dates that travellers looking to fly to and from Spain may want to avoid booking tickets for.

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A passenger affected by the Ryanair strike fills out a claim form at the Terminal 2 of El Prat airport in Barcelona on June 30th 2022. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)

Strike action by Spain-based crew working for Ryanair and EasyJet will continue throughout the months of August and September, unions representing staff for Europe’s two biggest low-cost airlines have confirmed.

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair cancelled 10 flights and delayed 111 more in Spain on Monday as cabin crew staff resumed strike action over pay and working conditions, union officials said.

Barcelona, Spain’s second-busiest airport, was the worst hit, with eight flights cancelled as of 1pm, the USO union said in a statement.

But the union complained that the strike was not having a greater impact, hitting out at the government for compelling the airline to operate around 80 percent of its flights and forcing most crew to go to work, USO spokesman Pau Ibarzabal said.

“We believe it is abusive and almost violates our right to strike,” he said.

Ryanair cabin crew in Spain began a series of rolling strikes on June 24th, the day when many European schools started breaking up for the summer.

The USO and SITCPLA unions initially called for six days of walkouts, but they later decided to extend the industrial action until July 28th.

The two unions then called a third wave of 24-hour work stoppages from August 8th until January 7th, 2023, arguing that Ryanair had refused “to engage in any dialogue”.

The carrier, for its part, has said that the strikes have had little impact on its activity in Spain, where it operates more than 650 routes.

Ryanair is the only international company in Spain not to have a collective agreement, unions say.

A Ryanair cabin crew member holds a placard reading “Ryanair, low salaries made simple” as she protests at Terminal 2 of El Prat airport in Barcelona on June 24, 2022. (Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP)

EasyJet strikes

EasyJet cabin crew called off their strike after reaching an agreement on July 28th, however, one day later the low-cost airline’s pilots announced further stoppages and a strike of their own. 

This time the strike was called by Sepla, the Spanish pilot’s union which announced the walkout over the company’s refusal to recover the conditions the pilots had before the pandemic, as well as their refusal to negotiate a second collective agreement 

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Málaga, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca’s airports have reportedly been the most affected by Ryanair and EasyJet flight cancellations thus far.

Many EasyJet and Ryanair passengers who have already booked flights to and from Spain for August will no doubt want to know with plenty of notice if their flight will be cancelled, something that is not possible to know in most cases until the airline emails or texts them.

So far, the stoppages by Ryanair and EasyJet staff have not meant that absolutely all their flights to and from Spain have been cancelled, but dozens of scheduled flights have indeed not taken off and hundreds more have suffered delays on these previous strike days. 

Dozens of EasyJet flights have been cancelled so far, even though the airline’s management says it intends to operate all of them. (Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP)
For international flights, the situation is more complicated, especially for Ryanair passengers with scheduled flights from Belgium, Italy, France and Portugal, as the low-cost airline’s cabin crew in those countries have also joined the strikes.

For those of you who have booked a Ryanair or Easyjet flight to and/or from Spain for August or September, or those who are considering doing so, the following is a breakdown of all the scheduled strike days by cabin crew for both airlines for the coming weeks.

Ryanair strike days 

August 8th – 11th 

August 15th – 18th 

August 22nd – 25th

August 29th – September 1st 

September 5th – 8th

September 12th – 15th 

September 19th – 22nd

September 26th – 29th

It’s possible to use Ryanair’s flight tracker to check on the status of your upcoming flight, but you’re unlikely to get accurate information if done far in advance.

EasyJet strike days

Friday August 12th

Saturday August 13th

Sunday August 14th

Friday August 19th

Saturday August 20th

Sunday August 21st

Saturday August 27th

Sunday August 28th

Monday August 29th

You can also use EasyJet’s flight tracker here to find out if your flight is going ahead

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Spain has third most powerful passport in the world

Those with Spanish citizenship are in luck because their passports are the third most powerful in the world, meaning they can travel to many different countries without the need for a visa.

Spain has third most powerful passport in the world

If you want to go on a last-minute break, it’s really only possible to countries that don’t require you to apply for a visa beforehand or issue you with a visa upon arrival. 

The Henley Passport Index is based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and each year it reveals the number of destinations that passport holders from around the world can access without a prior visa.

The index includes 199 different passports and 227 different travel destinations and offers all kinds of information on global mobility, ultimately revealing which passports are the most powerful. 

Each country is scored on the total number of destinations that a holder of its passport can access without a visa. For each travel destination, if a visa is not required, they receive a score of one. This also applies if holders are able to obtain a visa on arrival, visitor permit or electronic travel authorisation (ETA) upon entry.

The rankings for 2023 show that Spain, along with Germany, is in joint third place, meaning that Spanish passport holders can visit a total of 191 countries without needing a visa.

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In joint first place are Japan and Singapore whose passport holders can visit a total of 193 countries without requiring a visa.

They are closely followed by South Korea in second place, whose passport holders can visit a total of 192 countries.

After Spain and Germany, there are several European countries on the list. Those from Finland, Italy and Luxembourg come in fourth place, able to visit 189 destinations, while those from Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden come in fifth place able to visit 188 destinations.

These are followed by passports from France, Ireland, Portugal and the United Kingdom in sixth place, allowing them to visit 188 countries without a visa.

According to the rankings, only 17 percent of countries give their passport holders access to more than 80 percent of the world without a visa.

The three countries with the least powerful passports are Afghanistan whose holders can only visit 27 countries without the need for a visa, Iraq with a score of 29 and Syria with a score of 30.