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On December 3, 2010, a large number of air traffic controllers in Spain went on strike. The purpose of the strike was to put pressure on the Spanish government and AENA—the government-controlled airport management authority—to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Between 70 and 90 percent of air traffic controllers abandoned their posts during the two-day strike, resulting in the cancellation of all flights and as many as 750,000 passengers being stranded throughout Spanish airports, including those in Madrid, Barcelona, and Palma de Majorca. In total, eight airports were closed and about 4,500 flights were canceled. A large portion of the flights were domestic and European, but international flights were also affected.

On behalf of passengers stranded by the strike, a lawsuit was filed in Madrid against the striking air traffic controllers. The lawsuit initially included 12,500 passengers, but the court recently announced that it would admit new plaintiffs until at least January 2020.

Air traffic controllers have already paid at least 1000 € (~$1,150) to thousands of passengers. Any traveler, regardless of nationality, who had their flight canceled due to the December 2010 air traffic controller strike may be eligible to receive compensation for any financial losses caused by the strike.

In order to file a claim, passengers will need to provide the following information:

  • ID/Passport #
  • Telephone number
  • Email
  • Address
  • Description of direct damages (hotel, transport, meals, lost work time, canceled trips, etc.)
  • Evidence of the flight and damages (e.g. plane ticket, credit card statements, travel agency emails, hotel invoice)

Sanders Phillips Grossman, in cooperation with Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo and Greg Coleman Law, is filing claims for passengers whose flights were canceled during the strike. Because there is limited time to submit a claim, potential claimants are encouraged to complete their free case evaluation. We handle these claims on a “no win, no fee” basis.