Bus drivers in Barcelona are due to go on strike today between 11am and 4pm, with a minimal service (25 percent of normal) being operated only on 11 lines that aren't served by any other public transport (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). This is the 20th time that strike action has been taken by the drivers since the end of 2007, a result of conflict over the new employment agreement (convenio) which has been designed to cover the period from 2009 to 2013.
Low-cost airline Ryanair is considering whether to begin operating flights on the so-called puente aereo (air bridge) route between Barcelona and Madrid (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The strategy of Ryanair would be to offer the lowest possible prices on the route, which is one of the busiest in the world although it has seen a reduction in clients since the start of the Barcelona-Madrid high-speed train; Ryanair's tickets for flying between the Spanish and Catalan capitals could cost under €100. Currently, four airlines operate flights on this route and Ryanair is not the only company said to be considering entering the market.
Fruit producers around Catalunya, and particularly those based in Lleida, have announced their concern at the falling prices being seen in their sector (article in Catalan, Avui). As the harvest of key crops such as peaches and nectarines begins, the farmers have pointed to the fact that the quantity of fruit that they will produce is around the same as last year, but the prices they are being offered for it is less. In addition, they are concerned because the costs of production have risen, and angered that while they are paid less for their fruit, consumers are actually paying more in the shops.