Airline chiefs discuss air traffic control strikes

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."

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Taiwan’s China Airlines Flight Attendants Plan Strike over Working Conditions

cal.jpgTaiwan’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

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Scottish airport workers hold strike action ballot

aberdeenairport.jpgScottish 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.

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VLM Airlines Declares Bankruptcy, Cancels All Flights

vlm.jpgVLM 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.

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Air passengers travelling to France advised to check flights due to Air Traffic Controllers strike

atc.jpgAir 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/

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Dutch-based easyJet pilots to hold day-long strike Friday

easyjet.jpgDutch-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.

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Possible Air Traffic Control strike in Portugal

atc4.jpgPossible 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.

Update: Portuguese air traffic control workers call off planned strike

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Madrid Air Traffic Controllers announce strike

atc2.jpgMadrid 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.

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Italian ATC to strike again July 23; calls on EC to ‘act immediately’

atc3.jpgItalian 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.”

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Air France pilot unions call for new strike June 24-27

airfrance.jpgAir 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

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Two-day strike called at Madrid airport

madrid.jpgTwo-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. 

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Argentine airport workers to begin 48-hour strike on Friday

Buenos Aires2.jpgArgentine 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.

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Power cut disrupts Brussels airport

brussels.jpgPower 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.

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Portuguese Airport handling union calls 3-day strike for July

faro.jpgPortuguese 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.”

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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.

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Oslo Airport could be 'shut down completely' by strike

oslo.jpgOslo 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.

A conflict between Norway’s Parat union and the Confederation of Norwegian Service Industries (NHO Service) could completely shut down Oslo Airport for departures on Friday if the two sides cannot reach an agreement. 
Over 500 airport employees, including security guards and baggage handlers, say they will walk off the job at 6am on Friday if labour negotiations aren’t successful by then. 

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SAS pilots threaten largest strike in years

SAS.jpgSAS pilots threaten largest strike in years

A Danish aviation news site reported that the pilots could go on strike by the end of the week, but SAS spokeswoman Anna Vibeke Nielsen said she hopes it will be averted. 
UPDATE: SAS agrees wage deal with pilots in Norway, avoids strike. Swedish pilots will strike.

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