The Iberia pilots are threatening to strike on every friday and monday starting on April 9th to July 20th (2012) according to El Pais.
Read the advice that pilgrims are giving related to the Iberia Pilot Strike in the forum.
If you are flying into or out of Terminal 4 in Madrid these days, you are in for delays. Ever since Christmas Iberia pilots have had a “hidden” strike/slow-down. ElPais has the last of many articles on this today since it seems like the air traffic controllers are also now helping out with slowing things down. It was reported that 7 air traffic controllers also are out on sick leave as of yesterday.
On TV last night it was reported that the average delay in terminal 4 (The Iberia terminal) was 50 minutes. Some people were waiting for hours and some less.
There seems to be no/little delays for other airlines that flies out of the other terminals on Barajas airport (Madrid).
All this makes travels to and from Santiago de Compotela, or other destinations along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela more difficult.
El Correo Gallego reports today that between 140 and 160 seats were sold of the 189 available seats on the first Ryanair flights between Santiago de Compostela and Madrid. This means that about 80% of the seats were sold, a pretty good number. As of yesterday, Ryanair flies to and from Madrid twice daily.
According to El Correo Gallego, may furure flights are also already sold out, especially those on weekends and dates around some key christmast dates.
As Ryanair is about to open their two new daily routes from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid, Iberia and now also Spanair have announced that they will lower prices. All this according to today’s El Correo Gallego.
Iberia is said to lower prices on a Santiago – Madrid flight from about 140 euro to as low as 60 euro. Todays article in El Correo Gallego indicates that Spanair is willing to go as low as 22 euros per flight (taxes probably not included).
Ryanair start Novermber 18th (2008) with two daily flights from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid.
Ryanair has announced several new routes in Spain today, one of them a new route between Santiago de Compostela and Madrid. This is fantastic news, since Iberia will again get some competition on travelers between Santiago and the capital. About a week ago, El Correo Gallego had an article about how it was cheaper to travel from Porto to New York that it was from Santiago to Madrid with Iberia.