General strike on September 29th

On the 29th of September in Spain will take place a general strike. This strike will affect the country’s public services, from hospitals to schools, courts and, of course, public transport. The Ministry of Public Works has agreed with unions on minimum services both in the air transport and railway.

What minimum services are available in public transport?

Domestic flights will be reduced to 10% at airports in Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Alicante, Seville, Bilbao, Santiago, Valencia and Oviedo. The connections to the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla shall be guaranteed by 50%. As for international flights, there will remain 20% of scheduled flights that day to the capitals of the European Economic Area countries, as well as Milan, Zurich and Frankfurt. For the rest of the world, the percentage will rise to 40%.

The agreement provides that this day will circulate only 25 percent of commuter trains, distributed in the rush hour between six and nine in the morning and three and five in the afternoon. As for the AVE high-speed train, there will operational only 20 percent of the railway lines from Madrid to Barcelona, Seville and Malaga.

The connections of less than 500 km which are not guaranteed by train may be made by car and bus. For this type of transport have been set essential services according to the regularly scheduled number of frequencies, which will range from one to three bus journeys.

Maybe you should get prepared to the idea that tomorrow you will not be able to fly.
Some companies, such as Iberia and Air Europa have announced that they will facilitate the exchange of flight tickets already purchased for that day. Airlines such as Ryanair or Spanair have not made any declaration. Please contact your company for further information.

Travelers going tomorrow to Malaga Airport are advised to book a private transport or Malaga airport transfer in order to arrive at time at the airport. Furthermore there might be important delays on the airport access road, so please make sure to leave early.