Flights Cancelled In Spanish General Strike

March 29, 2012

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Spanish unions said a high turnout for a general strike to protest government budget cuts and reforms on Thursday had almost brought heavy industry to a halt while the government said the day was proceeding normally.

Spain's largest airline Iberia, owned by International Airlines Group, said it would cancel 222 flights, more than 60 percent of those scheduled to fly on Thursday.

Transport employees provided a previously agreed basic level of service, meaning one in four buses and about a third of underground and local trains were expected to run but only 10 percent of domestic flights and 20 percent of European flights.