FIVE months of Ryanair strikes in Spain will enter their second week today, threatening to add to this summer's widespread travel chaos.
Cabin crew members will continue to hold the walkouts every week from Monday to Thursday.
The plan is for the strikes to last until January 7 due to an ongoing dispute over pay.
Ryanair workers caused disruption at a number of Spanish airports last month when they walked out for several days, mainly on weekends.
Ten Spanish airports were affected, including Madrid, Malaga, Barcelona, Alicante, Sevilla, Palma, Valencia, Girona, Santiago de Compostela and Ibiza.
Disruption could affect the same ten airports this time around, however Ryanair says they aren't expecting any problems.
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The strike action is backed both by the USO and Sitclpa union groups, who are demanding 22 days of holiday and two extra months payment per year to comply with Spanish workers laws.
Lidia Aransanz, a leader for USO's Ryanair section said: "As the company has been unable to listen to the workers, we have been forced to call new strike days."
A Ryanair spokesperson told Sun Online Travel: "Ryanair expects no disruptions to its 3,000 daily flights in August or September as a result of poorly supported strikes by two minority cabin crew unions in Spain where Ryanair has already concluded a labour agreement with the main Spanish cabin crew union (the CCOO).
“These two tiny unions who represent only a handful of our Spanish cabin crew have held a number of poorly supported “strikes” in June and July which have had little or no impact on Ryanair’s flights to or from Spain.
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"Ryanair expects that these latest threatened strikes, which involve only a handful of our Spanish cabin crew, will have zero impact on our Spanish flights or schedules in August or September.
"The vast majority of Ryanair’s Spanish cabin crew are represented by the CCOO union who have already reached a labour agreement with Ryanair which covers most of our Spanish cabin crew.”
They added that some Ryanair flights in Spain were cancelled last month, but was mainly due to flight delays and ATC strikes.
Ryanair isn't the only airline to be striking in Spain this month, with easyJet staff also staging walkouts.
Pilots from the budget airline held the first of three walkouts over the weekend.
There will be nine days of easyJet pilot strikes altogether with more action taking place from August 19-21 and then August 27-29.
EasyJet said they were planning on running a full schedule despite the strikes, but admitted that disruption was expected at three of its airports – Barcelona, Malaga and Palma.
A spokesperson told Sun Online Travel: “EasyJet has been formally advised of strike action by its Spain-based pilots union Sepla.
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"The strike is called on 12-14, 19-21 and 27-29 August at its bases in Barcelona, Malaga, and Palma.
"Should the industrial action go ahead we expect some disruption to our flying programme to and from Malaga, Palma and Barcelona during the strike period but at this stage, easyJet plans to operate its full schedule and we would like to reassure customers that we will do everything possible to minimise any disruption.”
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