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05 January 2012 09:29
Iberia cancelled flights after pilots walked out on strike
Spanish airline Iberia has cancelled more than 30% of its flights out of Spain over a pilots' strike which has affected thousands of passengers.
The strike was organised amid concern from pilots that they could lose their jobs when company planes are diverted to Iberia Express - the airline's new budget arm.
The airline said it had made alternative arrangements for the 10,000 passengers affected by the industrial action - either booking them on other Iberia flights or those with other airlines.
The new Iberia Express service is hoped to be launched early next year as part of a bid to compete with Ryanair and easyJet on short-haul and medium-haul routes.
Although the passengers had alternative transport arranged, the strike still underlines the importance of arranging good
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