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Spain eyes extending air traffic state of emergency

Spain's government proposed extending a state of emergency to Jan. 15 to ward off the possibility of air traffic controllers paralysing airports with a wildcat strike over the Christmas and New Year holiday.

The proposal to extend the measures, which were put in place Dec. 4 after a 24-hour strike shut down airports, must win parliamentary approval if the government wants to continue to use them beyond Saturday.

A parliamentary vote must be held before the end of the week. Two regional parties, the PNV and CiU, have said they would support the minority government for an extension of the emergency, making its adoption likely in parliament.

The main opposition PP has said it has yet to decide how it would vote.

"We believe the extension is necessary ... and the government is obliged to guarantee that our airport system returns to normal," Deputy Prime Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba told a news conference.

Unions have given no indication that they are planning strike action over Christmas and New Year.

The use of the state of emergency to force controllers back to work was broadly supported by Spanish society after tens of thousands of passengers were grounded in Spanish airports at the start of a holiday weekend.

Media reports said the hotel and airline industry lost millions of euros during the chaos as Spain sought to allay market fears it could need an Irish-style bailout.

The wildcat strike began on Dec. 3 hours after the government passed measures regulating controllers' working hours and pledging to sell part of state-owned airport authority AENA for up to 9 billion euros ($12.07 billion).


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