Passengers face further delays as backlogs cleared after traffic controller strike.

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Air travellers are being warned they could face further delays as efforts get underway to clear travel backlogs in Spain after a strike by air traffic controllers there ended. Air services in the country are returning to normal but officials say further disruptions are possible.

An unofficial strike was called by Spanish air traffic controllers. A quarter of a million people were hit by the walkout on Saturday. The action was the latest development in a long-running industrial dispute over working hours for traffic controllers.

The Spanish government has imposed emergency measures for the first time since military rule. Under the state of alert, the government is allowed to arrest anyone who refuses to work. Even though the strike is over, thousands or travellers are being warned they should expect further delays.

Further strike action is being threatened for Christmas and New Year’s but the government says it will quash any such action. Traffic controllers are now operating under the supervision of the military and army trucks are visible at many airports in Spain.

According to airport operator Aena, about 4,000 flights were scheduled to operate on Sunday but for thousands of Spanish travellers it was too late to save their weekend travel plans. As many as 20,000 British travellers are thought to have been hit by the industrial action.

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