August could bring potential chaos to Barcelona Airport, with severe delays and long queues, as security staff vote to strike via a series of hour-long walk outs, set to take place at 05h30, 10h30, 16h30 and 18h30 every Friday, Sunday and Monday from 4 August.
Ten minutes per passenger
Security employees are protesting long working hours and understaffing by deliberately taking ten minutes to allow each passenger through security. Over 1000 passengers have missed their flights in recent days and some 30 percent of flights have been delayed.
In a further development, employees of private security company Eulen, responsable for border checks at El Prat have also voted for an indefinite strike beginning on August 14th or 15th.
Delays and Disruption
Travellers should anticipate delays and disruption and are advised to arrive at the airport earlier than normal, to confirm the status of their flights before heading to the airport and to contact their airlines for further details.
A spokesman described the strike as likely to be ‘100 per cent, indefinite and 24 hours a day, seven days a week”.