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Spanish air traffic control


Gixer jme
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Well, today I was 2 and 1/2 hours into my 4 and 1/2 hour flight to Tenerife for some winter sun. Then a mental message the guys at air traffic control in Spain and the canary islands had decided enough was enough and walked from there jobs, so we must now turn back to Manchester, then a further half hour in oh they are back in work so we will turn back to Tenerife and continue our journey. Superb, then another twist they have decided to walk out again and we must this time head back to Manchester with no option of going to Tenerife as we only have just enough fuel to fly back home.


So 10 hours on I'm sat in Manchester airport no flight till 7 am tomorrow and all the airport hotels full.

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Come on guys you have to feel sorry for them.


The average basic salary is €200,000 (£176k), but most workers double or triple this by working overtime.


Of 2,300 controllers, ten were paid between €810,000 (£725k) and €900,000 last year. A further 226 were paid between €450,000 and €540,000 and 701 were paid between €270,000 and €360,000.

In Spain, air traffic controllers work 12-hour days made up of two four-hour shifts and two, two-hour rest periods.


British workers are paid an average of £60,000 but this can rise to around £90,000, according to NATS, the air traffic information service. Their French counterparts take home €110,000.


And between 20 % and 25% of the Spanish are unemployed.

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