The Spanish government has just closed all the air space in the country because striking air controllers en masse did not show up for work.
The coordinated action has left more than 100,000 passengers stranded and no flights planned for the immediate future.
The strike started around 4 pm Spanish time today with 90 percent of all air controllers not showing up or calling in sick. Last reports had three air traffic controllers at Madrid’s major airport in Barajas.
The country’s air controller’s have been protesting work hour changes and the possibility that the country’s airport authority will be privatized in a austerity measure.