EasyJet flight crews in Spain end strike after getting raise

EasyJet flight crews ended a strike on Thursday after reaching a deal with management that raises wages by over a fifth, the USO trade union said. Remaining strike days planned for July 29th, 30th and 31st have now been cancelled.

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Easyjet's remaining strike days planned for July 29th, 30th and 31st have been cancelled. (Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP)

The union launched at the beginning of the month a series of nine strike days at the Barcelona, Málaga and Majorca airports to obtain raises and better working conditions.

The strikes forced the low-cost British airline to cancel and delay flights at the beginning of the peak European summer vacation season.

USO said that a staff assembly had approved the deal, which will see flight crews get a 22 percent pay hike spread over three years, as well as special compensation for working on scheduled days off.

Remaining strike days planned for July 29th, 30th and 31st have been cancelled.

Irish budget airline Ryanair has also been hit by strikes in Spain.

Strikes by airline and airport staff across Europe have led to misery for travellers as the aviation industry was hoping a bumper summer season would help make up two dismal years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The industry had slashed jobs due to the pandemic and had difficulty rehiring staff to handle the boom in travellers, while staff complain that wages and working conditions need to improve.

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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.