Airline chiefs discuss air traffic control strikes
Airline bosses are gathering in Brussels to discuss how to minimise the impact of air traffic control (ATC) strikes.
The chief executives of easyJet, Ryanair and British Airways parent company IAG are among those attending the summit organised by lobby group Airlines for Europe (A4E).
The meeting in the Belgian capital takes place amid another strike by French ATC unions.
Hundreds of flights to, from or over France were cancelled on Tuesday due to the 12th strike in the past 13 weeks.
A4E has warned that travellers face a "summer of chaos", with eight further ATC strikes announced in Italy and Portugal over the next four weeks.
It has called on the European Commission and governments to take action to reduce the impact of strikes, and wants neighbouring countries to be allowed to carry out ATC duties in air space affected by industrial disputes.
Ryanair cancelled 166 flights due to the latest French ATC strike, affecting 30,000 passengers.
The Dublin-based carrier estimated that a further 100,000 customers would suffer delays.
Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair's chief marketing officer, said: "It is time for action by the European Commission following this latest French ATC strike aimed at disrupting as many travel plans as possible.
"The frequency of these strikes, right in the middle of the holiday season, only serves to underline how urgent action is required to help reduce the impact of these strikes."
EasyJet announced 56 cancelled flights and warned further delays were expected.
It released a statement which read: "EasyJet can assure its passengers it will do everything possible to limit the inconvenience of this strike on them."
Taiwan’s China Airlines Flight Attendants Plan Strike over Working Conditions
Flight attendants at Taiwan’s China Airlines (CAL) plan to go on strike over working conditions, as CAL authorities on Wednesday scrambled to find counter-measures to ensure that the action will not affect its services.
A vote by 2,548 flight attendants on Tuesday showed that 2,535 – or 99.5 percent – were in favor of the strike.
The flight attendants’ union plans to call the strike during school summer holidays in July and August, the peak season for air travel in Taiwan.
UPDATE: CAL flight attendants to go on strike from June 24
Scottish airport workers hold strike action ballot
Unite, Scotland’s biggest union, today (Wednesday, June 22) said it would ballot about 480 workers at Glasgow and Aberdeen airports for strike action.
The move came after 98 per cent of workers rejected proposed changes to the pensions’ schemes operated by the airports’ owner, AGS.
Possible industrial action could disrupt holiday flights over the summer, resulting in unnecessary loss of revenue as Glasgow airport celebrates its 50th anniversary.
VLM Airlines Declares Bankruptcy, Cancels All Flights
Belgian carrier VLM Airlines NV on Wednesday declared bankruptcy, cancelled all flights and shut down its website.
The airline in May was granted a six-month period of protection from creditors in the Commercial Court of Antwerp. However, the company didn’t get too far into that process, shutting down its operations on Wednesday.
Air passengers travelling to France advised to check flights due to Air Traffic Controllers strike
Passengers travelling to France are set to see flights delayed or a cancelled as a result of the strikes - which affect flights to France and other destinations in Europe.
Airports and airlines were both advising passengers to check the status of their flights before travelling.
UPDATE June 28. For the situation during the French ATC strike on June 28 and 29 see: http://dsnado.canalblog.com/
Dutch-based easyJet pilots to hold day-long strike Friday
Dozens of easyJet pilots based in the Netherlands will hold a second strike Friday lasting 24 hours after failing to secure better working hours, pensions and sick pay from the budget airline, the Dutch Airline Pilots Association said.
The easyJet pilots in the Netherlands are unhappy about their working hours, do not receive sick pay and want the company to make larger pension contributions.
UPDATE. Strike cancelled.
Possible Air Traffic Control strike in Portugal
The seven unions of NAV Portugal sent a pre notice for an industrial action for Air Traffic Control and other prersonnel, during two hours daily on June 30th, and July 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29 th.
Madrid Air Traffic Controllers announce strike.
Air traffic controllers in Madrid have announced that they will be going on strike at the end of the month.
The action, due to take place on the 28th and 29th June, could cause disruption to flights across Spain and wider afield.
Passengers due to travel on those days are being reminded to check with their airline before travelling.
Italian ATC to strike again July 23; calls on EC to ‘act immediately’
Italian air traffic controllers (ATC) will strike again Saturday, July 23, which could result in numerous flight cancellations during one of the busiest summer holiday travel days, European lobby group Airlines for Europe(A4E) said in a June 17 statement.
“It is unacceptable that airlines and their customers can be repeatedly punished by these unjustified strikes. The European Commission (EC) and governments must act immediately to protect the rights of millions of European travelers,” A4E MD Thomas Reynaert said.
He added: “Later this month our member airlines’ CEOs will hold a Summit in Brussels on Air Mobility and Prosperity to discuss technological, operational and political means to minimize strike effects. It's time to take action.”
Air France pilot unions call for new strike June 24-27
Air France pilot unions SNPL, SPAF and ALTER announced late on June 17 they would strike again from June 24-27. They said the decision to go ahead with a new bout of action was made after a meeting with Air France management failed to reach any agreements.
UPDATE: Air France pilots cancel 4-day strike
Two-day strike called at Madrid airport
EAGER travellers passing through Madrid at the end of the month may find themselves plunged into chaos now that air traffic controllers at the city's Barajas airport have announced that they will be striking for two days, on June 28 and June 29.
The news no doubt comes much to the dismay of the thousands of people who have flights booked in Madrid on either of these two days, which are smack dab in one of the busiest travel periods of the year.
Argentine airport workers to begin 48-hour strike on Friday
Airport workers in Argentina will begin a 48-hour strike on Friday amid a salary dispute with the government, in a move that may halt air traffic in the South American country.
It will start at 6 in the morning and will affect everyone - from air traffic control to those who open the airport doors.
Power cut disrupts Brussels airport
A power cut halted check-in at Brussels Airport early on Friday, a spokeswoman said, although flights continued to arrive and depart for the time being.
Power went off around 6 a.m. (0400 GMT) in a departure area that was fully restored to operation last week following a twin Islamic State suicide bombing on March 22 that killed 16 people.
The cause of the power failure was not immediately clear. Further delays to check-ins could disrupt departures later in the morning, the spokeswoman said.
Portuguese Airport handling union calls 3-day strike for July
The main trade union representing air transport workers in Portugal have announced a three-day-strike from 1 July, in protest at what it said are increasingly precarious
employment conditions for workers in ground handling services at the country’s airports, and accused the government of doing nothing to combat the problem.
SITAVA hereby announces that, in view of the Government’s passivity, the workers are left with no other alternative than to fight for their jobs, for their companies, for their survival,” the union’s president, Fernando Henriques, said at a news conference in Lisbon.
“So we have decided to hand in formal notice of a strike in all handling companies for the 1, 2 and 3 of July of 2016.”
EASYJET PILOTS PLANNING AMSTERDAM STRIKE
Easyjet pilots and crew stationed in Amsterdam are planing protest actions for a better collective bargaining agreement. In the coming weeks this will mean strikes that can lead to delays or even cancelled flights, Dutch pilots association VNV announced on Wednesday, NU reports.
“Due to the unwillingness of the Easyjet management, VNV is unfortunately forced to turn to actions”, VNV president Steven Verhagen said.
Oslo Airport could be 'shut down completely' by strike
This could be a very bad weekend for Norwegian travellers. In addition to a threatened strike by SAS pilots, all departures at Oslo Airport could be cancelled on Friday over a separate work stoppage.
SAS pilots threaten largest strike in years
Iceland ATC strike disrupting transatlantic flights
Ongoing industrial action by Icelandic air traffic controllers is not just disrupting traffic at Iceland’s main international airport – it is also having an effect on the transatlantic operations of airlines worldwide.
Icelandic air traffic controllers are currently on a work-to-rule strike over pay and working conditions. They are working their hours, but there is no overtime cover should anybody fall ill.
Ground services at Cyprus airports could go on strike
Attempts by the Ministry of Labour to bridge the gap on talks to renew collective agreements between the workers of Swissport Cyprus Ltd and LGS Handling Ltd and their management failed today. The two companies are in charge of ground services at the airports of Larnaca and Paphos.
After two hours of discussion, the matter will head into arbitration, with the unions calling on their members for General Assemblies, to discuss measures to be taken, including the possibility of a strike.
The General Secretary of the SEK union’s private employees branch, Elisseos Michael, said that “the companies have not appreciated the sacrifices and contributions of the workers, and are expecting cutbacks.”
Air Tahiti strike risks to endure
Reports from French Polynesia say striking staff at Air Tahiti may extend their action for more than another month.
The labour dispute is in its third week and an end is not in sight.
The last negotiations were held two days ago while flight schedules territory-wide keep being disrupted.
The unions blame the airline for the lack of progress.
Flights from Moorea, the island closest to Tahiti, have been suspended.
Euro 2016 Football Faces Biggest Threat From Air France Pilot Strike
Air France's pilots are escalating a long-running contract dispute by threatening to disrupt travel with an extended strike just as France prepares to host the European soccer championship that starts in mid-June.
The French airline’s main pilot union, the SNPL, said 68 percent of those participating in a work-stoppage ballot voted Monday in favor of a walkout exceeding six days to protest the airline’s plans to cut pay. Of the carrier’s 3,600 pilots, 2,500 belong to the SNPL.
Further French air traffic control strikes announced
Airlines are warning of possible “summer of discontent” due to an unprecedented wave of air traffic control strikes in France.
Thousands of European passengers will see their travel plans disrupted again during the weeks leading up to the school summer holidays.
Industrial action tomorrow (Thursday) is to be followed by further strikes announced for June 3-5 and June 14, meaning more cancelled flights, delayed journeys, and detours across Europe, according to industry lobby group Airlines for Europe.
Paris Air Traffic Controllers to Go on Strike Today
Paris air traffic controllers will join the ongoing nation-wide protests against labor reforms on Thursday which is expected to result in flight delays and cancellations, according to the statements by local airports and airlines.
Up to 15 percent of flights will be cancelled in Paris Orly airport, delays have been promised in Charles de Gaulle Airport. Ryanair airlines canceled 70 Thursday flights to and from France, reminding that this strike will become the fifth in the period of two months.
As Lion Air pilots go on strike, thousands of passengers left stranded
Thousands of passengers were left stranded a several airports in the country on Tuesday morning after pilots of the country's largest low-cost carrier, Lion Air, went on strike.
At Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, for example, passengers began to build up at Gate 2 from early morning, a result of several delayed flights.
Meanwhile, staff at Hasanudin Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi, distributed snacks to Lion Air passengers as compensation for their delayed flights.
Thomas Cook cabin crew strike threat to half-term holidays
Holidays planned for the May half-term week could be disrupted by striking cabin crew at Thomas Cook Airlines.
More than 1,000 crew members at the carrier started voting yesterday in a ballot over concerns about allegedly dangerous changes to rest breaks.
According to Unite, the union, crews are being “pushed to the limit in a bid to maximise profits which is, in turn, putting passenger safety at risk”.
Portuguese airport handling workers strike on 19 May
The Portuguese aviation union SITAVA has announced ground handling workers from the two country’s handling companies (Portway and Groundforce) are going on strike against the precariousness of their jobs and a collective layoff.
On Wednesday at a demonstration by workers from both companies beside Lisbon airport, union leader Fernando Henriques said: “On the 19th [of May] we are going to protest in front of the government’s gates and not let them play dead” in this collective lay-off process of the workers who are responsible for the aircraft support services.
Portway announced in March it was going to lay-off 257 workers after its contract with Ryanair was cancelled in Faro, Lisbon and Oporto.
Chaos at Brussels Airport
As from today Brussels Airport is operating at 80% of its usual capacity. Earlier the airport was closed after a terrorist bomb blast devastated the departure hall.
The departure hall reopened on Sunday and for the time-being at least will operate in tandem with the temporary check-in structure set in place following the attacks.
One hundred and eleven check-in counters are now available in the reopened departure hall. Passengers should find out whether they need the temporary departure facility or the reopened departure hall before they head for the airport.
Because of the vigorous safety checks passengers are advised to turn up three hours ahead of departure, to check in online and not to bring too much luggage. Only passengers in possession of a ticket will gain admittance to the departure halls.
As a result of long waiting times a number of passengers have missed their flight.
French airports, railway to face disruption in anti-labour law strike Thursday
About 20 percent of flights in and out of Paris's Orly airport will be cancelled on Thursday 28 April and the rail link to Paris Charles De gaulle will be disrupted due to a one-day general strike against the government's proposed labour law. for the fourth time in two months, workers, students and school students will demonstrate againt the law.
France's air traffic authority has told airlines to cancel 20 per cent of flights because a number of airline employees and air traffic controllers have indicated that they will join the strike.
At Charles De Gaulle there will probably be delays but no cancellations, officials said.
Air France says it will maintain all its long-haul flights and all flights to Charles De Gaulle but only 80 percent of domestic flights and those to Orly.
Kenya Airways Pilots Plan Strike to Force CEO Ngunze to Quit
Kenya Airways Ltd. pilots threatened to strike later this week to force Chief Executive Officer Mbuvi Ngunze, who is implementing a reorganization that will result in at least 600 job losses, to resign.
The Kenya Airline Pilots Association wants Ngunze to resign after the company posted a record loss last year and because it thinks his turnaround plan will fail, it said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday. The strike is set to begin on Thursday, Secretary-General Paul Gichinga told reporters in the capital, Nairobi.
Workers to strike at Frankfurt airport on April 27
Trade union workers are going to strike at Germany's biggest airport in Frankfurt on April 27, trade union Verdi said in a statement on Friday.
Strikes will also affect airports in Munich, Duesseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund and partially Hanover, it said.
At Frankfurt, ground crews, check-in staff, repair workers and the fire department will be on strike until about 1300 GMT, the statement said.