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Iberia Cancels 1,370 Flights as Strikes Resume

Iberia Cancels 1,370 Flights as Strikes Resume

Iberia is cancelling some 1,370 flights this week as workers began a second round of strikes yesterday (Monday 4th March) to protest against the loss-making company’s plans to lay off almost a fifth of its workforce. The Spanish Government has ordered that a minimum amount of services should remain, meaning 85% of long-haul flights, 62% of medium-haul and 47% of domestic flights are guaranteed. Iberia

Most of the cancelled flights are to destinations in Spain and Europe.

Unions representing most Iberia workers, but not pilots, called strikes between 18th – 22nd February, 4th – 8th March, and 18th – 22nd March. A demonstration will be held at Madrid’s Barajas Airport later today (Monday).

International Airlines Group, which owns British Airways and Iberia, lost €923 million last year on restructuring costs and writedowns on the value of Iberia.

Iberia said last month that it planned to cut 3,807 jobs.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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