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Spain disruption: Your stories

Thousands of travellers are stranded at airports in Spain after most of its air traffic controllers called in sick to protest over working conditions.

British travellers and expatriates have been getting in touch with the BBC to relate their tales of disruption.

Jayne Killoch, Shropshire - long journey to Jerez, Spain

Image caption Jayne hired a car and drove from Madrid to Jerez

"I flew into Madrid at 18:30 on Friday to get my connecting flight to Jerez for my holiday.

Initially the flight was delayed for half an hour and there was little information coming through.

It was horrendous. It was clear that there were no flights at all. All the announcements were in Spanish and I don't speak much so I didn't know what was going on.

I queued for hours to reclaim my baggage and then saw my baggage by chance going round a carousel.

Luckily I found another lone female traveller who was Danish and did speak Spanish. We were told to queue with Iberia to sort out an alternative flight. We could see about 2,000 people in the queue in front of us.

I decided I needed to take things into my own hands so together with the Danish traveller we hired a car and drove seven hours through the night to Jerez in Andalucia.

And to think I thought the snow was going to be a problem when I drove down to London to catch my flight out on Friday morning."

Iain Ogden, Yorkshire - stuck in Lanzarote

Image caption Iain Ogden: "My wife and I were left scrambling to find other airlines to take us home."

"We were hoping to fly from Lanzarote's Arrecife airport back to Yorkshire. We were told by that all flights by our carrier today are cancelled. We were instructed to re-book on the next available flight.

The next flght out is scheduled for Tuesday, which is far too late - we need to get to the UK for work.

My wife and I were left scrambling to find other airlines to take us home. Luckily we found seats on another carrier.

Hopefully we'll be flying out tomorrow afternoon, although with the backlog I'm not too sure. We're now holed up in a hotel 15 minutes from the airport.

On the bright side, at least we made up for the missed day last week. We missed the flight out due to an accident on the M1."

Kevin Preston, Poulton le fylde, Lancashire - stuck in Tenerife

"At 01:30 this morning my wife and I were told to reclaim our baggage from Reina Sophia airport in Tenerife and were taken to a hotel somewhere near Santa Cruz.

We were not told where we were going or how long we would be there for. We don't even know where we are exactly.

This morning we have been given breakfast but still have no idea how long we will be here.

We have no contact number nor do we have a representative to ask for information.

We're feeling a bit dazed now. It's very frustrating having so little information. There are lots of British families with children in this hotel who were also due to fly back on Friday."

Keith Beevor, Penrith, Cumbria - stuck in Alicante

Image caption Keith says there was very little information about his flight

"My wife and I checked in at 18:30 on Friday, but later our flight disappeared from the screens.

We had no idea what had happened to it and pretty soon there was a huge queue at the information desk.

At 22:00 we went to the departure gate only to be told to take our bags and 'go home'. So we left and checked into a hotel.

We've returned to Alicante airport today but we have no idea how long we will be waiting for. People are quite calm at the moment.

But things might change if it's a long time before we can get away."

Chris John, expat - stuck in Amsterdam

"I'm disgusted with the air traffic controllers.

The egoism and ruthlessness of these people leaves one wondering if they should be allowed to continue working in their chosen career.

I flew into Amsterdam from Warsaw in transit to Valencia yesterday evening. We taxied out and the aircraft was de-iced, only to return to the terminal where the captain announced Spanish air space had shut down due to the wild cat strike.

Thousands of fellow passengers were stranded for the night.

The most touching case for me was a charming group of 20 Spanish children from Lleida, Catalunia who when they learned I was returning from Warsaw having celebrated my 70th birthday, immediately burst out singing 'happy birthday to you' in Spanish.

I've now just heard that my flight to Spain has been cancelled. So I have decided to fly back to Warsaw and spend some time with friends there until things blow over."

Diane Foden, expat in Mallorca - misssed out on a visit from friends

Image caption Diane worries she will miss a chance to see her family this Christmas

"I am a cancer sufferer and this weekend my friends were due to visit. Not to put too fine a point on it, I must consider that these visits will possibly be 'last chance to see'.

I'm absolutely gutted that they can't make it.

I'm a real socialist and wouldn't deny anyone's right to strike. But I have to put my principles to one side in this case.

Spanish air traffic controllers are some of the best paid people in the country and they are causing massive disruption.

I have also heard rumours of another strike at Christmas. I am due to fly back then to see my family and I feel that my chance may be snatched away from me."

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