Four-day Air Europa strike will ground 114 flights

air-europaAir Europa has cancelled 114 flights ahead of the four-day pilot strike due to start on Saturday and covering the annual ‘August exodus’.

A total of 76 international flights and 38 internal routes will be grounded on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, and Monday and Tuesday, August 1 and 2.

The worst-affected connections are those between Madrid and Paris-Orly, Málaga and Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Madrid and A Coruña and Vigo in the north-western Spanish region of Galicia, and Madrid and Bilbao, in the Basque Country.

Air Europa has guaranteed 100% of flights connecting the mainland with the Canary Islands, Balearics and the Spanish-owned city-province of Melilla on the northern Moroccan coast, and up to 50% of national and international flights where alternative public transport would have to cover at least 500 kilometres or take more than five hours.

Minimum services will include around 25% of flights to other Spanish airports where alternative public transport would take less than five hours or involve less than 500 kilometres of travel, and all flights due to take off before the strike starts will run as normal.

Affected passengers can rebook for a different flight on the same day if available, or at a later date ‘if there are free seats’ – or, if neither of these options is possible or satisfactory, a complete refund.

Pilots are on strike because they say staff and production are being shifted more and more towards Air Europa’s low-cost affiliate, including part of its Embraer 190 fleet being redeployed for medium-haul trips.

This, pilots say, will involve career progress and salary limitation.

But the airline insists that not one single pilot will be affected by its setting up a low-cost branch, and has ‘guaranteed’ their career progression and associated wages.

Air Europa bosses are continuing to negotiate in an attempt to call off the strike before it goes ahead.

Published Think Spain 26 July 2016

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