Strikes scupper City Airport flights to Spain

FLIGHTS from London City Airport to Spain have been cancelled today (September 29) due to the general strike in the country.

None of BA CityFlyer’s flights to Barcelona and Madrid were taking off from the Silvertown airport after labour unions started industrial action at midnight to protest against public sector cuts.

This included forming picket lines at major transport hubs.

The Airport said in a statement: “Due to strike action in Spain, BA CityFlyer have cancelled all flights to Madrid and Barcelona on Wednesday 29 September. Passengers are advised to contact BA CityFlyer for further information.”

The action came on the day the Civil Aviation Authority showed the airport continued to exceed the punctuality levels achieved by others in the UK.

Around 88 per cent of flights arrived or departed on time between April and June 2010, 10 percentage points higher than the average at other airports.

Chief executive Richard Gooding OBE said: “Our ground services staff strive to ensure passengers and airlines experience fast throughput. With the best punctuality levels, close proximity to the financial and business districts, and the quickest surface access, London City Airport is the favourite choice for business travellers.”