Flights cancelled as ash cloud pours from Chile volcano

Flights cancelled as ash cloud pours from Chile volcano

An ash cloud from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile that erupted unexpectedly on Wednesday was blowing into Chile and Argentina on Thursday, forcing the cancellation of flights from nearby cities in both countries and blanketing residents in ash.


The volcano, which last had a major eruption in 1961, has belched a spectacular plume of ash and smoke around 15 kilometers (9 miles) into the sky near the popular tourist town of Puerto Varas, some 1,000 kilometers (625 miles) south of Santiago.

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Strikes Belgium 20-24 April: impact on Brussels Airport.

brussels.jpgStrikes Belgium 20-24 April: impact on Brussels Airport.

21-22 April: Transport to and from the airport

We expect all train and bus services to be seriously disrupted in Belgium from Tuesday night 21 April 10pm. onwards to Wednesday night 22 April 10pm. because of nationwide strikes. All train and bus services to and from Brussels Airport and the international train services will also be affected.

20-24 April: Strikes by the Federal Police force

Industrial action by the federal police force can also cause disruption between 20 and 24 April at the non-Schengen travellers’ border control. Be aware of possible long queues

Advice to travellers

• Check your flight information online and contact your airline or travel agency for more information about your flight

• Leave especially early for the airport

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TAP Air Portugal pilots threaten 10-day strike

tap.jpgTAP Air Portugal pilots threaten 10-day strike

Pilots at Portugal's national airline have announced a 10-day walkout next month.

The Civil Aviation Pilots Union said late Wednesday its members would strike between May 1-10, grounding most of TAP Air Portugal's flights.

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Strike hits Finnish airports at 6 am

baggage4.jpgStrike hits Finnish airports at 6 am

Baggage handling is expected to grind to a halt on Tuesday at Finland’s largest airports, and flight cancellations are possible.

National Labour Conciliator Minna Helle says no deal has been reached in an aviation dispute, so a strike will begin on Tuesday morning. Airport operator Finavia recommends that passengers pack everything into carry-on bags if possible. The job action does not affect Finnair, Flybe or Blue1.

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French air-traffic controllers strike

atc3.jpgFrench air-traffic controllers strike. Hundreds of flights cancelled.

French air-traffic controllers have called nine days of strikes between 8 April and 2 May.

There will be a 48-hour strike on 8 and 9 April; a second set to run from 16 to 18 April, at the end of the Easter holiday: and a third strike, lasting four days, from 29 April to 2 May.

Check your airline website.

Check this link for all information in France.

Update: The third walkout due to take place between April 29 and May 2 has been cancelled,

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LAN Airlines Faces Conflicts, Delays and Cancelations in South America

lan chili.jpgLAN Airlines Faces Conflicts, Delays and Cancelations in South America

During the upcoming days, various airports in Latin America will be confronting possible delays and cancellations due to labour conflicts concentrated in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador where the workers are demanding the reinstatement of their illegally fired union leader.

These are important connection points for flights throughout Latin America and the industrial conflicts have already affected and may continue affecting flights where LAN and TAM Airlines (owned by the LATAM Airlines Group) fly in the upcoming days.

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Allegiant Pilots’ Thursday Strike Plan Threatens 250 Flights

allegiant.jpgAllegiant Pilots’ Thursday Strike Plan Threatens 250 Flights

Pilots at Allegiant Airlines plan to walk off the job because they say the carrier hasn’t complied with a court order to reverse a scheduling system change and restore other benefits.

More than 500 pilots will strike at the unit of Allegiant Travel Co. at 3 a.m. New York time Thursday. The strike will ground 250 flights and affect 33,000 customers daily, the union estimates.

UPDATEJudge blocks Allegiant Air pilot strike.
Airline expects Thursday flights to operate as normal

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Turkish power outage hits air traffic control

turkish2.jpgTurkish power outage hits air traffic control

A massive power outage spread across Turkey on Tuesday, blacking out a broad swath of the country and affecting air traffic control through the country's airspace.

Flightradar24, which maps real-time flight data on the Internet, tweeted that the outage had affected air traffic and said 11 of its 16 air traffic control receivers were not working.

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Argentine strike forces LATAM Airlines to cancel flights

lanargentina.jpgArgentine strike forces LATAM Airlines to cancel flights

The Chilean-based LATAM Airlines said on Monday it was canceling a large number of domestic flights in Argentina as well as some international ones into and out of the country due to an upcoming general strike.
Argentina's main transport unions demanding higher salaries and changes to income tax are spearheading Tuesday's general strike.
LAN, which is a unit of LATAM Airlines and also based in Santiago, Chile, said that all flights departing from or arriving at Aeroparque Jorge Newbury, the main domestic airport Buenos Aires, as well as airports in Mendoza and Cordoba would be scrapped.
Some flights into and out of Buenos Aires' main Ezeiza International Airport would also be canceled or rescheduled, the airline said.

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HIAL airport security workers won’t strike over Easter weekend but April 7

highlands.gifHIAL airport security workers won’t strike over Easter weekend but April 7

Prospect union members working in airport group HIAL’s security company AMSL will not strike until after the Easter weekend in order to minimise holiday travel disruption, the union said today.

Airport security workers will instead strike for 48 hours from midday on Tuesday 7 April.

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French Air Traffic Control strike cancelled.

strcan.JPGFrench Air Traffic Control strike cancelled.

The strike has been cancelled 

SNCTA, the main representative union among air traffic controllers, had given notice for a 3 days strike fromWednesday, March 25th 0500 utc, to Saturday March 28th 0500 utc.

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Caribbean Airline Warns of Possible Pilots Strike at Easter

liat.jpgCaribbean Airline Warns of Possible Pilots Strike at Easter

Caribbean regional airline LIAT warned on Friday that its pilots may strike over the Easter holiday amid an ongoing labor dispute.

“Threatening industrial action shortly before a public holiday, in this case, the Easter period, is a common, often repeated and cynical tactic employed by LIALPA (Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association) to exploit the fears of the traveling public,” LIAT Chief Executive Officer David Evans said in a statement.

LIAT, which offers daily travel to more than 21 cities in the Caribbean, is jointly owned by the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Lufthansa pilots extend strike; Italian ATCs also strike Friday

airportbags.jpgLufthansa pilots extend strike; Italian ATCs also strike Friday

Lufthansa’s pilot unionVereinigung Cockpit (VC) continued strike action Friday for the third day this week.

Italian air traffic controllers, which also announced strike action for Friday, forced Lufthansa to cancel 90 flights (not related with VC) and affected travel plans of an additional 10,000 passengers.

UPDATE March 22: Lufthansa said Sunday that services were more or less back to normal after a four-day walkout


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Alitalia staff to go on strike on Friday

alitaliasmile.jpgAlitalia staff to go on strike on Friday

Passengers will endure flight cancellations and severe delays on Friday as Alitalia staff and air traffic controllers go on strike.

Alitalia pilots and flight attendants will strike between 10am and 6pm.

The walk-out was called by the Uiltraspori and Anpav unions in response to “unsatisfactory” responses from the company regarding flight operations and social security provisions since its merge with Abu Dhabi’s Etihad last year.

A spokesperson for Alitalia was not available for comment when contacted by The Local.

Meanwhile, air traffic controllers at Venice airport and Milan’s Linate and Malpensa will also strike between 10am and 2pm.

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Lufthansa pilots to go on strike on Wednesday

lufth.jpgLufthansa pilots to go on strike on Wednesday

Pilots at German national airline Lufthansa said they would go on strike on Wednesday, affecting the airline's short and medium-haul flights.

The strike action was called by the pilot's union Vereinigung Cockpit in an ongoing dispute with the airline over its early retirement benefits.

Workers are also in a dispute over Lufthansa's plan to expand its low-cost operations.

 UPDATE:  German pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit has called for a new strike at Lufthansa on Thursday, this time affecting long-haul and cargo flights, in bid to increase pressure on management in talks over early retirement benefits.

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Finnish Aviation Union to strike on Sunday

norwegian.jpgFinnish Aviation Union to strike on Sunday

The Finnish Aviation Union (IAU) announced late Saturday that it will stage a strike to support the walkout at the budget airline Norwegian on Sunday.

According to information received by Finnish national broadcaster Yle, the strike will take place from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and it is expected to affect ground-based services such as baggage handling and customer service.

IAU said that the work stoppage will lead to cancellation of all Norwegian flights outbound from Helsinki on Sunday. 

The airline has some 20 flights that is scheduled to take off from Helsinki on Sunday, according to Norwegian's website.

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SAS flights grounded as strike continues

SAS.jpgSAS flights grounded as strike continues

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has been forced to cancel at least 51 flights departing from and arriving at Copenhagen Airport today due to the ongoing cabin crew strike.

SAS flights have been affected since its cabin crew staff went on strike after SAS informed its employees of its plan to transfer 147 members of its cabin crew staff to its subsidiary Cimber – which pays a lower wage – as part of cost-cutting measures.

SAS has served notice to its cabin crew staff to “return to work by noon today or consider themselves terminated”, the airline said.

Update: SAS back in the skies as strike ends

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Nigerian Air traffic controllers may begin strike tomorrow

NIGERIA.jpgNigerian Air traffic controllers may begin strike tomorrow

Members of the Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) may embark on strike tomorrow to protest the spate of failures of navigation equipment within the Nigeria’s airspace.

A statement signed and issued by the President and General Secretary, Victor Egaru and Olawode Banji, respectively, they described as disheartening, how the collapse of navigation equipments like the CNS/ATM in the last two months has increased the workload of both ATCs and Pilots.

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Cathay pilots' work-to-rule protest 'causing flight cancellations and delays'


Cathay pilots' work-to-rule protest 'causing flight cancellations and delays'

Cathay Pacific bosses say pilots engaged in a work-to-rule campaign are forcing flight cancellations and delays by taking sick days in unusually high numbers, which the airline has dubbed "tactical sickness".

In a strongly worded memo, flight operations director Captain Richard Hall told cockpit crew that high sickness levels ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday suggested the industrial action was "morphing into something else".

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Threat of Easter walkout at Dundee Airport

highland.jpgThreat of Easter walkout at Dundee Airport

Strikes could see Dundee Airport grind to a halt over Easter in a dispute over pay.


Prospect Union will hold a ballot early next month that could see security staff strike at Dundee, Inverness and many smaller airports.

The staff work for AMSL which is now part of Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd and want wage parity with other HIAL staff.

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Easter strike threat at Sumburgh Airport

Sumburgh_airport-742x396.JPGEaster strike threat at Sumburgh Airport

FLIGHTS in and out of Sumburgh and other airports across the region face disruption this Easter after security staff announced plans to ballot on strike action.

Members of the Prospect union said they had run out of patience with management at Scottish government-owned Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd after five years of failed negotiations on equal terms and conditions.

Around 160 employees will ballot on industrial action next week, with a work to rule starting as early as the first weekend of April, which is Easter.

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Sun Country pilots authorize strike action

suncountry.jpgSun Country pilots authorize strike action

Sun Country Airlines pilots have voted to authorize union leaders to call a strike if they can't reach a federally-mediated contract agreement with management.

The Air Line Pilots Association says 100 percent of Sun Country pilots voting on the strike agree to authorization. That includes 209 pilots.

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Swedish cabin crew plan 'sympathy' walkout

norwegian1.jpgSwedish cabin crew plan 'sympathy' walkout

The Swedish Pilot’s Union has pledged to mount a sympathy strike in support of staff working for budget airline Norwegian, if a planned walkout goes ahead over the border this Sunday.

The Swedish union on Tuesday said its staff would strike on March 4th if Norwegian pilots stayed away from work this Sunday.

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Norwegian faces first ever pilot strike

norwegian.jpgNorwegian faces first ever pilot strike

Norwegian Air Shuttle could see its first ever strike by pilots on Sunday, if it fails to end more than three months of fruitless negotiations and strike a deal with unions.

Halvor Vatnar, leader of the Norwegian Pilot Union, said that he did not believe that the company’s chief executive Bjørn Kjos had any intention of meeting his members half way. 

UPDATE: Possible Strike by Norwegian Pilots from Saturday February 28th

Update March 4: Norwegian cancels all flights in Scandinavia

Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS) has cancelled all flights in Scandinavia and several flights to other European cities due to the escalation of a pilots' strike, with Swedish and Danish pilots joining their Norwegian colleagues who walked out five days ago.

Update March 10: Norwegian Air Shuttle Pilots End Strike

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SAS strike cancels Copenhagen flights

SAS.jpgSAS strike cancels Copenhagen flights

In their third strike in eight months, SAS baggage workers walked off the job at Copenhagen Airport on Tuesday. Although they returned after less than two hours, delays and cancellations are expected throughout the rest of the day.

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Flights cancelled as air traffic strike in Italy looms

alitaliasmile.jpgFlights cancelled as air traffic strike in Italy looms

Airlines have been forced to cancel and reschedule flights today in the face of a strike by Italian air traffic controllers.

The four-hour walk-out from midday will affect flights to and from the country and those flying in Italian airspace.

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Airport Auth. of India employees to go on strike against airport privatisation

india.jpgAAI employees to go on strike against airport privatisation

Employees union of state-run airports on Monday called an all-India strike on March 11 to protest against the Government's move to hand over airports, in which it has already invested Rs 5,000 crore public money, to private operators.

The decision to strike work was taken at a meeting of the joint forum of Airports Authority of India (AAI) associations and unions held last Friday, Airports Authority Employees Union General Secretary and Joint Form member Balraj Singh Ahlawat said in a letter to the Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Monday.

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Delays, flight disruption as Paris airport workers strike

cdg1.jpgDelays, flight disruption as Paris airport workers strike

Paris airport workers were due to go on strike Thursday to protest a salary freeze, in a work stoppage that will lead to delays and flight disruption.

The strike by employees of the Aeroports de Paris (ADP) group that manages three airports serving the French capital -- Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Le Bourget -- begins at 1100 GMT Thursday and is due to last 24 hours, the DGAC civil aviation watchdog said.

Delays are expected at the main Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport, and some 20 per cent of flights there are expected to be postponed or cancelled on Friday morning, it added.

No disruptions are expected at Orly, however.

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Pilots' Union Calls Two Day Strike At Germanwings

germanwings.jpgPilots' Union Calls Two Day Strike At Germanwings

Pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has called a two-day strike at Lufthansa's Germanwings short-haul budget airline as a long-running row over retirement benefits and the airline's low-cost expansion plans enters a new year.

The pilots said the strike would run from midnight local time on the night of Wednesday February 11 until 23:59 on Friday February 13.

The VC pilots staged 10 strikes last year, affecting hundreds of thousands of passengers.

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Security personnel at 3 German airports to go on strike

airportbags.jpgSecurity personnel at 3 German airports to go on strike

Security personnel at three regional airports in Germany are set to stage a strike over their wages, in a move which is expected to create long delays for tens of thousands of passengers.

The one-day strike that is set to start on Monday in Hamburg, Stuttgart and Hanover airports, has been called by the Verdi trade union.

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