Strike at Spain’s Iberia Express grounds flights

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Cabin crew working for IAG’s reduced-cost airline Iberia Convey go on strike at Terminal 4 of Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport, in Madrid, Spain, August 28, 2022. (Reuters)

MADRID: Iberia Convey, the lower-expense arm of Spain‘s national provider, cancelled eight domestic flights Sunday as cabin crew launched a 10-day strike for better wages amid soaring inflation.
The walkout, which will operate from August 28 to September 6, is predicted to include a whole of 92 cancellations affecting far more than 17,000 passengers, a spokeswoman for the USO union claimed.
The stoppage will come as Spain’s airline sector struggles with rolling strikes by workers at finances rivals EasyJet and Ryanair.
By midday (1000 GMT), 8 flights experienced been cancelled but there had been no delays, a USO statement reported, indicating 1,500 travellers had been influenced.
Iberia Convey verified 8 “preventative cancellations”, expressing in a assertion it experienced arranged alternative flights or transport for 84 per cent of afflicted travellers, with the rest opting for a refund or vouchers.
On Friday, the airline had announced it would terminate 24 domestic flights for the duration of the first 3 times of the walkout, affecting some 3,000 passengers.
It did not straight away say how several extra flights would be axed over and above those people original dates.
USO and the SITCPLA union are contacting for a income increase to compensate for inflation, which in July strike 10.8 %.
Iberia Express connects Madrid with about 40 towns throughout Europe.
Spain’s national carrier Iberia is owned by IAG, which also owns British Airways and Ireland’s Aer Lingus.

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