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Spain Travel Update – Tuesday 16 January 2024



In the air, it is pretty much a carbon copy of yesterday, although with around 20,700 flights expected in the Network, compared to the 23,800 yesterday across Europe, and the weather posing the biggest potential problem.

Occasional delays are still possible on flights between the UK and Spain whilst the new equipment is being tested in Paris Air Traffic Control centre, as some aircraft divert over the Bay of Biscay to avoid French air space.

In France, industrial action in the Bordeaux Air Traffic Control centre continues until Wednesday, but with minimum service guarantees, this is not expected to have an impact.

Industrial action resumes at Lanzarote airport today, again with minimum services guaranteed, but that action is expected to have a higher impact on flights around the Canary Islands today.

The weather might have an impact on flights in Spain as there is a risk of low visibility/low ceiling issues for Iberia and parts of the Alpine region and central Europe during the morning.

Thunderstorms are predicted over the Atlantic coast, which could impact Portugal and Spain, including any of those flights diverted over the Bay of Biscay, with possible tactical diversions expected.

Low pressure across Northern UK, Scandinavia and Northeast Europe, bringing snow showers to Scotland, Benelux, Northwest Germany, the Baltic States and Eastern Europe. Strong winds expected throughout the Baltic States and Poland.

The World Economic Forum in Davos continues, the Zurich area most affected, but as always it could impact other routes as the day progresses due to aircraft movements.

Various military restrictions are in force as a result, and once again a military test flight will take place today in Turkiye.

Road wise, there´s nothing significant planned affecting the roads of Spain but remember that if you are venturing into the mountain areas, which in some cases might be less than an hour from the sunny coast, snow chains should be a consideration to avoid getting stranded.

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