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.
Hawaiian Airlines pilots to vote on strike authorization
Some Hawaiian Airlines pilots are frustrated over how long it’s taking to bargain their next contract.
On April 14, the Hawaiian Airlines Master Executive Council — part of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) — voted to conduct a strike authorization ballot. Voting on that strike ballot begins Monday, April 25.
Council spokesman Hoon Lee, a pilot of 17 years, said if the strike vote passes, it would authorize the council to declare a strike.
Kulula, BA passengers urged to check-in online amid strike
JOHANNESBURG -- Passengers for Kulula and British Airways have been encouraged to check-in online amid fears of disruptions during a strike at Comair.
Ground staff intend to embark on strike action as of this afternoon.
The company says it has a contingency plan in place, in order to minimise disruptions.
Trade Union UASA issued a 48-hour notice to strike on Monday.
Comair faces disruptions due to strike
Comair’s airport services could be disrupted tomorrow as ground staff affiliated to Uasa look set to down tools after the union and the listed aviation company failed to agree on a wage increase.
The industrial action is likely to inconvenience travellers. Comair’s route network includes flights to airports within South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.
Air traffic controller strike action cancels flights at Brussels airport
Belgian air traffic controllers continued strike action on Wednesday, forcing the cancellation of flights at Brussels airport as it struggles to get back up to capacity after the March 22 suicide bombings.
Belgian flag carrier Brussels Airlines said that around 50 of its flights to and from the main international Zaventem airport were cancelled.
Explosions at Brussels Airport.
Brussels Airport being evacuated.
Brussels Airport remains closed tomorrow Thursday and Friday
French air traffic control strike set to cause disruption.
A French air traffic control strike is set to delay passengers travelling to and from the continent this weekend.
The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation posted on its website that French aviation agency DSNA confirmed industrial action would go ahead in France from 5am on Sunday until 5am on Tuesday.
There is "high participation" expected by area control centres in Paris, Marseille and Brest over the 48-hour period.
A 20% reduction in flights is due to affect seven airports across France, including Marseille, Lyon and Paris Orly, DSNA said.
Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees, Pau airport in the Pyrenees and Bastia-Poretta airport in Corsica will also have reduced flights, but Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris is not thought to be affected.
Adria Airways pilots announce strike for 18 March
Pilots at Slovenia's flag carrier Adria Airways have announced a strike for 18 March in order to get the company's management to sign a new collective bargaining agreement.
The strike action will run between 5 AM and midnight on 18 March on the premises of Adria Airways's operative centre at Brnik airport, and at other airports.
UPDATE March 16: Adria pilots call off strike after new German owner takes over
Australian Airport strikes planned for Easter
Easter travel plans could be thrown into chaos with Border Force and immigration department staff at international airports across Australia to take strike action on the eve of Good Friday.
The Community and Public Sector Union says thousands of public servants from agencies such as Medicare and Centrelink will also take industrial action in the week of March 21 to protest against pay offers and rights and conditions being stripped away.
Italy faces airport strike Monday
ENAV, the Italian company that provides Air Traffic Control (ATC) service, has confirmed that there will be a strike of ATC personnel in the tower at Ciampino-G.B. Pastine International Airport in Rome on Monday, Feb. 29 from 12:00-16:00 UTC. The strike will affect arriving and departing traffic.
Unions to strike against British Airways
Rome, February 25 - The transport locals of CGIL, CISL and UIL union federations on Thursday called a four-hour March 18 strike at British Airways in protest against the airline's plan to fire 40 out of its 95 employees in Italy.
The strike from 10:00 to 14:00 local time will affect British Airways employees throughout Italy and at all airports.
Cochin Airport Staff Strike May Spoil a 'Smooth Flight'
KOCHI, INDIA: A section of ground-handling staff who launched an indefinite strike at the Cochin International Airport demanding payment of arrears of their wages and a renewal of the contract on working conditions and wages, have decided to intensify the strike in the wake of the official apathy towards their demands.
As part of strengthening the strike, which began on February 15, the striking staff, attached to a private agency, have begun a relay indefinite strike in front of the airport. Anwar Sadat MLA, who inaugurated the agitation, said that he would apprise the Chief Minister about the details of the dispute between the company and the striking staff.
Besides, all contract staff at the airport will also strike work on March 15.
Swedish SAS staff strike keeps flights grounded
Domestic flights and services to Finland have been cancelled by the airline as union representatives seek a new agreement with bosses.
Passengers travelling between some Swedish cities and to Finland have so far been affected by the strike, which got under way at Monday 7am.
Flights to and from Stockholm and Kalmar, Visby, Åbo and Vasa were called off in the Monday morning. Later on Monday, four evening flights from the Swedish capital to the latter three destinations were also cancelled after afternoon crunch talks between union representatives and the airline failed to arrive at a resolution.
Korean Air Lines Pilots Vote to Strike
Korean Air Lines’ unionized pilots agreed on Friday to strike after weeks of voting by the union resulted in a majority saying “yes” to strike.
If the strike goes ahead, it would be Korean Air’s first such work stoppage since 2005, when a four-day walkout disrupted flight services, costing the company about 67 billion won ($54 million) in losses because of disturbances including canceled flights, the airline claimed.
Thai budget carrier Nok Air cancels flights over pilot strike
Thai budget airline Nok Air cancelled nine domestic flights yesterday (Feb 14) after some pilots went on strike, the airline's chief executive said.
About five pilots went on a strike after the airline tightened its aviation standards to comply with the European Aviation Safety Agency, disqualifying some pilots, Nok Air CEO Patee Sarasin told local media.
Air Traffic controllers in Belgium to embark on a strike
Air traffic controllers in Belgium are planning industrial action from February 15, local media reported on Friday.
According to the media, the action by staff at Belgocontrol will not have any impact on passengers or airport traffic. However, unions have warned of a strike “if management do not follow up on our demands”.
PIA's flight operations restored after 8 days of strike
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) employees Tuesday ended their nine-day long strike spurred byplans to privatise the national carrier, saying their representatives would immediately hold talks with the government.
Airports have been enmeshed in chaos nationwide since the strike kicked off that grounded international and domestic flights and left thousands of passengers stranded.
Last week, two employees were killed and several others wounded at Karachi’s international airport when clashes broke out between security forces and staff.
"We are calling off the strike today," Sohail Baloch, the chairman of PIA’s joint action committee of employees, told a press conference in Karachi on Tuesday.
Baloch also encouraged his colleagues to return to their jobs with "full commitment and spirit".
Air France staff threaten January strike action
UGICT-CGT, the largest of the two unions, has called for a strike on January 28 to protest the job cuts as well as the legal action taken against five employees involved in an October 5 attack on Air France officials after the airline presented its restructuring plan.
The union is also protesting the airline’s plans to spin off some of its operations.
“In 2016 we’re letting nothing go,” the union wrote in its call for action.
UPDATE JAN8: STIKE CANCELLED!
Histadrut Union Declares Strike: Ben Gurion Airport To Shut Down
Israel’s largest labor union has called for a strike for Wednesday morning. This comes at one of the busiest times of the year when tens of thousands of Christians come to Israel to celebrate Christmas.
Barring a last minute deal the strike will include workers at Ben Gurion airport, El Al, government offices, hospitals and schools.
The airport has been making plans in advance to allow more than 5000 passengers to depart before the 6:00am deadline.
El Al Pilots Once Again a No-show at Ben-Gurion
Flights from Ben-Gurion International Airport to New York and Brussels were canceled on Monday after El Al pilots failed to show up, while last minute changes were made for flights to Barcelona.
Pilots failing to show up for flights are nothing new at El Al. Just last week, a flight from Beijing to Tel Aviv was canceled after El Al pilots there took slowdown measures.
While El Al treats these instances as work disruptions, the Histadrut labor federation asserts they are “most likely a technical problem in assigning pilots.”
Virgin Atlantic’s Hong Kong crews call strike tomorrow
Hong Kong-based Virgin Atlantic cabin crew will stage a wildcat strike starting tomorrow, in a bid to stave off job losses announced by the British airline last month.
Travellers flying Virgin Atlantic this Christmas are being warned the London flight may not take-off as a result of the industrial action which will start on December 21st until January 1st.
Action is being taken after the company sacked 50 older cabin crew based in Hong Kong in a cost-cutting drive.