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Travel to Spain over the Easter and summer holidays was in jeopardy until Airport workers cancelled plans for 22 days of strikes. Around 12,500 workers were planning walkouts that would have caused several hundred cancellations of both inbound and outbound Spanish flights.
Your plans for family fun in Barcelona by car rental were saved when an agreement was reached between the airport authorities, AENA and trade unions. Airport workers were protesting the planned sale of a large stake in AENA by the Spanish government, fearing the privatization would lead to job losses and poor conditions.
The news couldn't have come at a more important time for Spain's tourism industry, which has actually seen a rise in all areas from car hire to hotel stay despite the recent recession and other global issues that have impacted travel.
Spain is looking forward to 180 million airline seats to destinations across the country including Barcelona Airport, Almeria Airport, and Madrid Airport over the coming months. This is a 7.4 increase over the previous summer. Car rental services throughout Spain are expecting similar increases and have made the appropriate considerations in their car hire fleets.