Spanish strikes will ground UK flights for 22 days
Given the abysmal year suffered by the European airline industry in 2010 (snow, strikes, volcanoes) you'd hope that 2011 would see clear skies and less turbulence.
Alas, nobody counted on the Spanish and their attempts to screw everyone out of sunshine and larking about by the pool. And they really are - airport workers are threatening no less then 22 days of strikes just before the beginning of the Easter holidays on 20 April.
They're not planning to get it all out the way at once, however - strike organisers intend to mess up any plans you have for Easter, with further strike action scheduled for dates in May and June.
Oh, and July.
There 12,500 ground staff who are unhappy that parts of the state-owned airport operator Aena may be privatised. The unions are therefore looking to see nearly every airport in the country shuts down, including those in the Canary Islands.
Sky Marshall (he's not a shy Marshall) Michael O'Leary from Ryanair said: Mr O'Leary said: "Action must be taken at EU level to ensure that the 'right to strike' is removed from essential airport services, and competition must be introduced across Europe's air traffic control providers to ensure that a strike in one country is not allowed to disrupt millions of passengers' travel plans."
It pains us to say it, but we're in agreement with O'Leary. We started compiling a list of reasons why we shouldn't just blow Spain up and put in on a big bonfire. In their favour: chorizo sausage, sangria, good weather, siestas, oranges and castanets. It's not enough. Lads, get the firelighters.