Tue, Jul 11, 2006
Say New LCC Will Take Their Jobs
As the saying goes, timing is
everything... a fact almost certainly not lost on pilots at Spain's
Iberia Airlines, who began a weeklong strike Monday right in the
heart of vacation season.
The strike forced Iberia to cancel more than 200 flights
throughout the country, and to and from Europe... forcing the
airline to scramble to accomodate its passengers on other flights,
or refund their tickets.
The pilots are protesting Iberia's investment in new low-cost
carrier CATair... which they fear will lead to job cuts, as the
carrier is already scaling back its operations in Barcelona ahead
of CATair's October launch. Iberia denies that any jobs are at
risk... but so far, it has resisted the pilots' request of a
guarantee to that effect.
So, for this week at least, the strike will go on... with as
many as 240 cancelled flights per day as a result. A spokesman with
the airline told the Associated Press the strike will ultimately
cost the airline more than $44 million in lost revenue.
The airline is also reportedly seeking to have the strike
declared illegal in Spain's courts... as it is not over an internal
airline matter, Iberia says, but is instead related to pilots
complaining about competition from an outside company.
Does that sound like a case of pelos que parten to
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