Pilot strike grounds 124 flights

13 April 2012 09:38

Iberia pilots have vowed to strike for a total of 30 days

Iberia pilots have vowed to strike for a total of 30 days

Industrial action from Iberia pilots caused the airline to cancel 124 flights, affecting many people returning from breaks over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

The pilots are protesting about Iberia's new budget airline Iberia Express, which started flying at the end of last month on short and medium routes.

The pilots' union SEPLA and Iberia management have failed to reach an agreement in the row over its launch.

The grounded flights meant 38% of the 330 scheduled were stopped from leaving destinations around Spain, Latin America and Europe.

Iberia pilots have vowed to strike for a total of 30 days - every Monday and Friday until July 20, although the firm stated "Iberia, its staff, and its partner companies will spare no means in their efforts to assist customers and find them alternative travel arrangements".

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Copyright Press Association 2012

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