Iceland ATC strike disrupting transatlantic flights

icelandatc.jpgIceland 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.

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Ground services at Cyprus airports could go on strike

CYPRUS.jpgGround 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.”

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Air Tahiti strike risks to endure

air tahiti nui.jpgAir 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.

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Euro 2016 Football Faces Biggest Threat From Air France Pilot Strike

euro2016_logo.jpgEuro 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.

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Further French air traffic control strikes announced

atc.jpgFurther 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.

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Paris Air Traffic Controllers to Go on Strike Today

cdg1.jpgParis 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.

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As Lion Air pilots go on strike, thousands of passengers left stranded

lionairplane.jpgAs 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.

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Thomas Cook cabin crew strike threat to half-term holidays

thomascook.jpgThomas 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”.

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Portuguese airport handling workers strike on 19 May

baggagegirl.jpgPortuguese 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.

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Chaos at Brussels Airport

brussels.jpgChaos 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.

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