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Strikes disrupt Spanish flights

07 March 2013 08:11

Grounded: Iberia airlines will see 1,300 flights cancelled as a result of strikes

Grounded: Iberia airlines will see 1,300 flights cancelled as a result of strikes

Holidaymakers jetting to and from Spain face disruption this week with Iberia airlines cancelling 1,300 flights because of strikes. These are in protest against plans announced last month to cut 3,807 jobs - nearly a fifth of its workforce. The strikes emphasis the need more than ever to take out reliable travel insurance to give you peace of mind against any overseas imponderables, such as local industrial action. The Spanish government has ruled that a minimum service should remain.

This means 85% of long-haul routes, 62% of medium-haul and 47% of domestic flights are guaranteed. The airline has already seen strikes between February 18 and 22. The latest ones will last from March 4 to 8 with more planned between and March 18 and 22, according to unions representing most Iberia workers, not including pilots.

A demonstration was held against the cuts at at Madrid's Barajas Airport on Monday (March 4). This is the airline's main base along with Barcelona El Prat Airport. International Airlines Group, which owns British Airways and Iberia, lost 923 million euros (£799 million) in 2012 on restructuring costs and writedowns on Iberia's value. The airline was founded in 1927.