Madrid airport staff to strike in late August
Staff at Madrid's Adolfo Suárez Barajas airport have called a strike for the last weekend of August to protest the privatization of Spain's state-owned airport operator.
AENA staff called off their initial strike for August 15th and 17th but have now decided to hold it from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st.
Flights begin to normalize after Argentina pilot strike
Argentina’s flag carrier flights began to normalize at noon today after the AAA, the APLA and the UALA unions, three major pilots groups among air traffic workers, complied with the mandatory conciliation declared this morning by the Ministry of Labour.
The pilots had launched a strike at 7 am today demanding salary talks to be resumed. Aerolíneas Argentinas (AA), in turn, said the walkout “broke” current wage agreements.
All domestic flights, as well as those to Santiago de Chile and Asuncion, were cancelled.
Gatwick airport baggage chaos: holiday-makers 'face flying without luggage'
Holidaymakers face flying without their luggage on one of the busiest weekends of the year as baggage handlers suffer a critical shortage of staff, airlines have warned.
Travellers flying from Gatwick this weekend can expect chaotic scenes because Swissport, the baggage handling firm, does not have enough workers to load and unload planes. Two airlines warned that difficulties at the airport could worsen over the next four months because airlines are locked in to contracts with Swissport.
The problem is most acute at weekends because the firm is using staff on zero-hours contracts who do not wish to work anti-social hours, it is claimed.
Airlines using Swissport at Gatwick for baggage handling services include British Airways, Virgin, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomson.
French airport strike set to hit big getaway
Anyone heading to the airport to catch an Air France flight on Saturday should brace for delays after ground staff unions called a strike in protest over deteriorating working conditions.
The walkout is expected to last from 1am until midnight on a key getaway day for holidaymakers.
Orly and Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airports in Paris will be particularly affected, while regional airports will also experience disruption.
TAP pilots plan strike
Pilots at Portuguese airline TAP have announced a strike for next month, which could affect up to 40,000 passengers, president of Portugal's Pilots of Civil Aviation Syndicate (SPAC) said Monday.
"This is a red flag for TAP and partly to its shareholder," told Jaime Prieto, president of the syndicate of civil aviation pilots.
The strike was planned during a general assembly in July by SPAC and is scheduled for Aug. 9.
Baggage Strikes Planned for August at Mallorcas Son Sant Joan Airport
An announcement was made this week that strike action has been called for by baggage handlers at Palma International Airport.
They are apparently unhappy that agreements made in April relating to wages, working hours and lack of staff have not been met, and are therefore suggesting strike action on 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 , 15, 16 and 17th of August.
The strikes are set to cause flight delays and potentially affect up to 1 million passengers.
Air France airport staff to strike 2 August
Ground staff at working for Air France at French airports are due to strike on Saturday 2 August at the height of the holiday season. The largest union at the national airline has issued a strike call to oppose subcontracting work.
Alitalia pilots and flight crew set strike for July 20
Italy’s pilots and flight attendants belonging to three labour unions have called for a strike on July 20 to protest against their exclusion from talks on the Etihad-Alitalia deal.
The Abu Dhabi carrier has been in discussions to acquire a 49 per cent stake in ailing Alitalia.
The Italian government yesterday also met Alitalia representatives, bank creditors and investors to finalise the deal.
The members of labour unions Anpac, Avia and Anpav that represent pilots and crew in Italy have called for a 24-hour strike across all airlines operating in the country.
Airport baggage handlers on strike in Copenhagen
Baggage handlers of Scandinavian Airlines, or SAS, in Denmark's Kastrup Airport in the capital city of Copenhagen went on a strike Thursday, forcing SAS aircraft to be grounded, sources with the airport said.
The airport said in a statement on its website that all aircraft handled by SAS are affected by the work stoppage.
It however did not disclose how many aircraft were affected.
Belgium Air traffic strike
Tonight between 18:00 and 20:00 the Belgium air space will be closed due to a strike by Belgium Air traffic controllers.
Update: Thursday morning between 2h en 4h local there was a second strike.
Sunday June 28 a 24hr railway strike will start at 22:00h
Airlines warn of disruptions to French flights
A strike by air traffic controllers could snarl plans for air travelers flying to or through France this week.
Air France and Delta are among carriers that have waived rebooking fees — with restrictions.
That comes as the AFP news agency writes "France braced for travel chaos" this week as the strike threat began.
Controllers have called for a six-day strike with disruptions to begin Tuesday. Ahead of that, France's civil aviation agency on Monday urged airlines pare flights schedules by up to 20% in Paris and in other key destinations.
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UPDATE: STRIKE IS CALLED OFF
LAN and TAM Airline Workers to Take Strike and Support Action
This week, the aviation unions of the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) Network of LATAM Unions in Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia will be taking action to support the mechanics of LAN Peru and the flight attendants of LAN Argentina. The workers will inform passengers in the airport about the actions.
British Airways cabin crew 'ready to strike' over pay claim
British Airways is facing the threat of renewed strikes after cabin crew said they were prepared to take industrial action after their pay claims were rebuffed.
In a consultative ballot last week among members of the mixed fleet, 95% of crew who voted said they would go on strike.
PIA pilots threaten to go on strike
Pilots working for the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have announced to stop flying if the airline’s management continues to implement unfair and unjust taxation policy on their salaries.
In a statement on Monday, Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association (PALPA) blamed the management for this action.
They said the national airline has been in the doldrums due to management, administrative and financial issues.
Ghana airport workers plan strike to cripple operations at Kotoka Airport
The indecision of President John Dramani Mahama in replacing the “over-aged” Director-General (D-G) of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Air Cdr. Kwame Mamphey (Rtd), is likely to be one of the main reasons for the impending strike by the Ghana Air Traffic Controllers.
The association also cites the bad safety culture in Ghana Civil Aviation regarding certification of Aerodromes, ATS facilities, Aviation Security and Aviation Meteorology, as well as inability to attain the FAA category one status among others, as the shortcomings of their Director General; and want him replaced.
LATAM Airlines workers in Peru to strike during World Cup
LATAM Airlines maintenance workers in Peru will go on strike on June 26 and 27, high-traffic dates because of the World Cup in neighbouring Brazil, to press for higher wages, a union leader said on Thursday.
Rio airport workers strike ahead of World Cup
Airport workers' strike will begin at midnight on Wednesday, as the World Cup's opening match is about to kick off.
Ground staff at Rio de Janeiro's airports plan to stage a 24-hour partial strike on Thursday, the day Brazil hosts the opening match of the football World Cup.
The workers vowed to maintain 80 percent service but the strike will raise fears of delays as thousands of football fans descend on the city around the opening match in Sao Paulo and the first game in Rio on Sunday.
The walkout, which takes effect from midnight on Wednesday, will affect Rio's Galeao international airport, and the Santos Dumon airport, which provides domestic services to Sao Paulo.
Air Niugini employees plan strike
Italian Air Traffice Control on strike June 11
Italian Air Traffice Control will go on strike on Wednesday from 12:30 - 16:30 local time.
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Lebanon's airport to close down for two hours next Tuesday due to strike
Rafiq Al-Hariri International Airport will shut down for two hours next Tuesday, the Lebanese Air Traffic Controllers Committee said Saturday.
The committee said that halted aviation services, to include arriving and departing flights, would start at 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. local time, adding the move is protest against delays of salaries raise and promotions of the public sector in Lebanon.
Two more strikes planned as Aer Lingus talks collapse
Strikes scheduled for Monday 16th and Wednesday 18th of June
Cabin crew at Aer Lingus are to go on strike for another two days later this month in an intensification of the dispute over rosters at the airline.
The trade union Impact, which represents cabin crew, said that talks with the company aimed at resolving the dispute had broken down, and it was serving management with notice of two further one-day strikes - on Monday, June 16th and Wednesday, June 18th.
Icelandair faces indefinite strike action
The threat of a potentially lengthy strike hung over Iceland’s national airline,Icelandair, on Friday after the company’s mechanics announced plans for industrial action.
The Icelandic Aircraft Mechanics Association (FVFI) said it would strike for 24 hours June 16, followed by an indefinite strike June 19. The mechanics are seeking higher salaries.
If the strike goes ahead, “it will affect the schedule a lot,” but not necessarily lead to a complete shutdown of the airline’s operations.
UPDATE: Nearly all Icelandair flights cheduled this coming Monday will be cancelled, due to the 24-hour work stoppage to be held by the Air Mechanics’ Union.
Unions warn of employee strike if Czech Airlines goes through with layoffs
Czech Airlines (CSA), the Czech national carrier, has announced a new wave of layoffs in response to a drop in customer interest in flights to Ukraine, post-Soviet states and above all Russia.
The ongoing crisis – and violence – in Ukraine is being blamed for a downturn in the fortunes of the airline, whose strategy has focussed increasingly on markets to the east. Flights to Russian destinations in recent weeks have dropped by 10 percent and flights to Ukraine by 25.
Flights cancelled at Rome's Ciampino airport because of wildcat strike
Passengers at Rome's second airport are facing long lines and flight cancellations because of a wildcat strike by baggage handlers.
The unannounced strike began Wednesday morning at Ciampino, a hub for Ryanair and other discount airlines. About 850 workers of Groundcare, one of seven private companies that handle unloading baggage and cargo at Rome airports, are striking to recover back pay.
Groundcare recently filed for bankruptcy protection.
Ciampino was paralyzed by the dispute, and airport employees passed out water and hotel information to frustrated, stranded customers during the peak tourist season in Rome.
Flights were cancelled into Wednesday evening. Italy's civil aviation authorities were meeting with Groundcare and the workers to try to resolve the dispute.
First published:05/30/2014 17:54 Cabin crew strike could ground Air Namibia
The Namibia Cabin Crew Union (NCCU) yesterday confirmed that its 140 cabin crew members would embark on industrial action this morning at 01h00 over discontent with salary regrading.
The strike, which has been a looming threat for the national airline since a Certificate of Unresolved Dispute was issued by the Office of the Labour Commissioner in 2012, could potentially bring Air Namibia’s operations to a standstill.
UPDATE: The strike by Air Namibia’s cabin crew, which commenced on Friday, has been put on hold for now as the airline and the Namibia Cabin Crew Union (NCCU) reached an agreement on Friday afternoon to suspend the strike and to continue negotiations over salary re-grading.
Darwin Airport shuts and flight chaos across Australia feared as Indonesia’s Sangeang Api volcano spews ash into sky
Darwin Airport shuts and flight chaos across Australia feared as Indonesia’s Sangeang Api volcano spews ash into sky
Italian Strike leads to flight cancellations and disruption
A 24-hour strike by Italian ground handlers has led to flight cancellations and disruptions.
Airlines are reviewing their schedules after ground handling staff across Italy announced plans to strike from 00:00am local time on Friday, May 30.
In additiona, both airport and ground handling staff at Milan airports have scheduled a strike from 13:00 to 17:00 local time (12:00 to 16:00 GMT) tomorrow.
Aer Lingus cabin crew plan a second strike over rosters
Cabin crew are set to announce a second strike of at least 24 hours at Aer Lingus in the wake of this week's work stoppage.
Impact has revealed it will step up industrial action following a one-day work stoppage on Friday, which will ground around 200 flights.
The union said another strike would be announced within a fortnight due to a rosters row.
Pakistan Air traffic controllers warn of strike
Civil Aviation Air Traffic Controllers have threatened to go by the book and withdraw all special cooperation if the CAA does not approve their special cadre which has been pending for years now.
In an emergent meeting held by Pakistan Air Traffic Controller’s Guild (PATG) on the other day at CAA officers mess, Allama Iqbal International Airport, the ATCG discussed their future line of action regarding their demands. All the participants showed their deep concern over the proposed and unjustified promotions of other than ATC officers.
Strike Action Could Disrupt Brazil World Cup Travel
It had been anticipated but now the reality is dawning that this summer's World Cup in Brazil may well be disrupted by industrial action.
Today, staff at LATAM which is the airline group for much of South America, announced that unless pay is equalised throughout the group's operating divisions, their staff will strike during the World Cup, bringing airports grinding to a halt and disrupting over 300 international flights, many of which could end up being cancelled.