Lufthansa walkout hits flights at Paris airport
A surprise strike by Lufthansa workers at the main Paris airport has prompted flight cancellations and brought a new headache to holiday travel.
An official with the Paris airport authority says that all Lufthansa airport staff in Paris called in sick Thursday, leaving no one to register passengers for 22 Lufthansa flights in and out of Paris. The official said the airport brought in extra personnel to direct passengers.
Brazil airline crews to strike from Dec 20 over pay
Brazil's airline crews, from pilots to flight engineers and technical staff, plan to strike on Dec. 20 for an undetermined period of time to demand pay raises, SNA, the union representing crews, said on Tuesday.
The strike will be launched in the eve of year-end holidays in Brazil, usually the busiest time of the year in the country's airports. A series of stoppages during similar periods in past years, such as Christmas or Brazil's traditional Carnival season, left millions of passengers stranded in the country's busiest airports, such as São Paulo's Congonhas and Guarulhos, and Rio de Janeiro's Galeão.
UPDATE: Brazil's airline pilots, copilots and flight attendants called off a strike planned for Friday after reaching a deal with employers over wages and working conditions, the union representing plane crews said on Thursday.
Italy - Strike at Palermo Airport
Monday 16 December there will be a air traffic control strike at Palermo Airport.
Volcanic eruption shuts Italy airport
The eruption of the Mount Etna volcano in Sicily has forced the closure of nearby Catania airport because of the plumes of ash billowing into the sky, airport officials said.
Twenty-one scheduled departures from Catania had to be scrapped and 26 arrivals re-routed to alternative destinations. The smaller airport of Comiso in the area was also closed down.
Sac, the company that manages Catania airport, said in a statement on Sunday that "the wind direction and intensity" meant the ash was a risk to flights and it had to close off its air space.
Sac said it will review the situation on Monday.
Brussels Airlines pilots to strike over Christmas?
Pilots at Brussels Airlines have threatened to take fresh strike action over the Christmas period if no agreement with management is met to settle their grievances.
According unions representing the pilots, management has failed to adhere to a provisional agreement reached after last month's pilots' strike.
UPDATE Dec. 18: Strike is cancelled.
Swaziland - SWACAA wildcat strike continues
“TRAVEL to Swaziland at your own risk” is the message striking technical staff members of the Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority have sent out to the international community following their downing of tools yesterday.
The staff members who are currently engaged in the protected strike comprise of aviation security, air traffic controllers, engineers, labourers and drivers.
These employees are all said to be members of the Swaziland Allied Transport Union and after following all legal processes have now embarked on a three-day strike action where they are demanding an increment of 15 percent from their employer SWACAA.
Aer Lingus Faces New Strike Action Threat Over Pensions Talks
Aer Lingus Group PLC is facing the threat of strikes by airline and airport staff after it said that the SIPTU union had threatened to ballot for industrial action in coming weeks unless its pension demands were met.
SIPTU, the Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union, would ballot its members working for for Aer Lingus, plus those working at Dublin and Shannon airports. However, any ballot would come too late for strike action over the key Christmas period.