Airline pilots’ strike is nuisance for travellers

LAST week’s two-day strike by pilots of Spanish budget airline Vueling forced 222 cancellations on the Thursday and Friday, many from its Barcelona base.

Most were domestic, but a small number affected Gatwick and Luton airports, while Vueling predicted that

86% of passengers were not affected by the pilots’ down-tools protest against low wages.

It was the second Vueling pilots’ strike in the company’s history, following last month’s two 24-hour strikes.

Spanish airline pilots union (SEPLA) and Vueling, owned by British Airways’ parent company International Airlines Group have, so far, failed to reach an agreement over claimed breaches of employment contracts, and the airline’s refusal to guarantee greater growth in Spain than in its foreign bases.

Currently, Vueling has around 1,000 pilots based in Spain, and some 150 overseas. But it is feared that this could change as bases are moved abroad.

Juan Manuel Redondo, head of the trade-union section of SEPLA at Vueling, said: “Now that Vueling is tripling its profits, and even though there has even been distributions of up to 100 million euros of dividends before results, the conditions for the pilots do not change.”

The union claims Vueling pilots receive 30% less on average than their main competitors including Ryanair and easyJet.

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