Ryanair Ground Crew At Madrid Call Indefinite Strike
Ground staff handling Ryanair flights in Madrid have called an indefinite strike at the airport of Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas starting on Saturday 30th May in protest at what the trades unions refer to as "the working conditions, abuses and threats to which they are subjected".
The company says flights will continue as normal.
Holiday flight chaos as Spanish air traffic controllers plan four days of walkouts
Spanish air traffic controllers have announced four days of walkouts as a protest at the treatment of colleagues in Barcelona.
The two-hour stoppages are planned for June 8, 10, 12 and 14.
They are scheduled to take place in the morning and afternoon on the four strike days.
UPDATE June 4: THE Public Works and Development Ministry has ordered a minimum service of 70 per cent during strikes called by air traffic controllers in Spain this month. Enaire controllers will be striking between 10am and noon and 6pm and 8pm on June 8, 10, 12 and 14 to protest over a decision by Enaire company, which is part of Aena airport authorities and controlled by the ministry, to punish 61 controllers from the Barcelona Control Centre for closing air space in 2010 and its refusal to reinstate one of the workers.
Belgian airspace closed after technical issue
Belgian airspace was closed on Wednesday morning due to a technical problem at air traffic controller Belgocontrol, European air traffic authority Eurocontrol said.
"Brussels flight information region is closed, - electrical failure," Eurocontrol said on Twitter.
Pay strikes halt flights at Libya’s main airports
Libya’s three main airports cancelled flights on Tuesday morning because of strikes by ground staff complaining they have not been paid for two months, airport officials said.
Flights at Tripoli and Labraq were due to resume on Tuesday afternoon but Mohamed al-Ayab, one of the protesters at Misrata airport, said more strikes would happen throughout the week until their demands had been met.
Greece: civil aviation staff to hold strike on May 31-June 1
The Greek Federation of Civil Aviation Authority Unions (OSYPA), which does not include air-traffic controllers, on Friday called a 48-hour strike for May 31 and June 1, a walkout that could cause disruption for those travelling over the Whit Monday long weekend. It remained unclear whether domestic and international flights would be cancelled as air-traffic controllers have not indicated that they will join the action.
Nigerian airlines cancel flights amid fuel crisis
Nigerian airlines grounded flights Saturday and radio stations were silenced as a months-long fuel shortage aggravated by striking oil tanker drivers worsened in Africa's biggest oil producer.
Alitalia Pilots and Stewards Going on Strike Monday
Travel headaches may abound at airports across Italy on Monday when Alitalia pilots and stewards who are members of the ANPAC union conduct a 24-hour strike that will result in flight cancellations.
In a statement, the flagship Italian airline called the forced flight cancellations “disrespectful” in light of the fire that occurred in Rome’s airport two weeks ago, which is still causing air travel disruptions. The carrier added that the layoff threat is false, and these issues have already been resolved with other unions that represent most of their pilots and flight attendants.
SAS: Negotiations with the Pilots’ Unions in Final Phase
SAS is in the final negotiations with the Swedish pilot union SPF and the Norwegian pilot union NSF. SAS’ firm intention is to reach an agreement in the negotiations, but in case of a possible industrial action passengers will be mostly affected in Sweden from May 21.
SAS has currently signed new Scandinavian collective bargain agreements with over half of the SAS pilots. Negotiations are now underway with the assistance of mediation with the Norwegian pilot union NSF and the Swedish pilot union SPF. Both unions have announced a strike from Thursday May 21 if no agreement is reached.
In order to avoid that travelers and co-workers become stranded during an eventual strike, SAS takes precautions and cancels about 110 flights tonight and tomorrow May 21.
UPDATE: Strike among pilots at Scandinavian airline SAS ends
Cathay Pacific flight attendants plan August strike
Cathay Pacific flight attendants are stepping up their industrial action to protest cuts in salaries and benefits for cabin staff, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Wednesday.
They are planning a strike for the end of August after a 41-hour sit-in at the arrival hall of Hong Kong airport.
More than 600 members of the flight attendants’ union took part in the protest.
UPDATE May 29: Cathay’s cabin crew call off strike
Strike warning from Slovenia's Adria’s cabin crew.
Adria’s cabin crew said it plans to go on strike on June 1. The Cabin Crew Union notes the airline’s management has failed to respond to warnings regarding a number of workplace violations. For its part, the carrier says it will review the strike demands in the coming days and remains hopeful the action can be averted.
Belgium Air traffic controllers threaten to strike in June
The Christian Air Traffic Controllers Union ACV Transcom has said that it is considering going on strike next month. This is against what it describes as 'unrealistic savings' that the Federal Government is asking the air traffic control authority Belgocontrol to make. ACV Transcom says that it intends to meet with unions from a number of other European countries next week to decide whether to take industrial action.
Air traffic controllers went on strike twice for two hours at the end of June last year, much to the annoyance of holidaymakers and business travelers. The union is in favour of coordinated action with air traffic control unions from Germany, France, the Netherlands, Luxemburg and Switzerland. Whether any action will be taken will be decided on at a meeting of union representatives of all six countries on 18 May.
UPDATE MAY 20, European air traffic controllers call of strikes against European Union reforms in the sector, for now
Risk of SAS pilot strikes in Sweden and Norway
SAS is having staff problems in both Sweden and Norway, Jyllands-Posten reports.
Negotiations between SAS and the company’s pilots in Sweden have broken down and the pilots have warned of strike action from May 21.
There is also the risk of industrial action from the company’s Norwegian pilots, following a breakdown in negotiations yesterday for a Norwegian collective working conditions agreement.
Aer Lingus cabin crew ballot for strike action over roster row
Aer Lingus cabin crew are balloting for strike action in a row over rosters which triggered a stoppage at the airline last year.
The move comes as the Government is considering whether to sell its 25% stake in the airline to IAG, though it is understood that the takeover bid is not on the agenda for tomorrow's cabinet meeting.
The IMPACT trade union, which represents most cabin crew, has issued ballot papers to members outlining a number of grievances which will trigger industrial action if not addressed by management.
The ballot is expected to take three weeks.
Rome airport closed after terminal fire
Rome’s main airport was closed on Thursday after a fire broke out in a baggage storage area but there were no serious injuries, officials said.
The airport would remain closed until 2 p.m. (1200 GMT), they said.
India - New Delhi - Soon airline pilots, engineers may lose right to go on strike
To ensure that airline pilots and engineers don’t hold passengers to ransom by proceeding on strikes and leaving travelers in the lurch, the aviation ministry has moved a proposal to remove them from the “workmen category”.
Removing their workmen status would mean that pilots and engineers cannot form trade unions or go on strikes.
“The proposal has been sent to the labour and law ministries. This would need the labour ministries’ approval as the Industrial Disputes Act would have to be amended and the definition of workmen would have to be changed to exclude pilots and engineers,” said a senior aviation ministry official.
TAP employees to peacefully protest pilots' strike
TAP employees on Tuesday planned a peaceful protest at Lisbon's Portela airport to show their discontent at an upcoming strike staged by the airline's pilots.
"It's very important for the syndicate of pilots to know that there are people, outside their small world, who are completely against such senselessness," spokesperson of employees against the strike Fernando Santos said in an email sent to employees Tuesday morning, according to local media.
Cathay cabin crew threaten summer strike over pay, allowances
The Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union has warned that it may launch a massive strike if the carrier’s management does not resolve grievances over meal allowances and new employment contracts.
Union chairwoman Dora Lai said industrial action will take place in the summer if the management fails to address the staff concerns by then.
As the union does not want to cause inconvenience to the travelling public, it is giving enough time to the management to sort out the issues, she said.
Flights cancelled as ash cloud pours from Chile volcano
An ash cloud from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile that erupted unexpectedly on Wednesday was blowing into Chile and Argentina on Thursday, forcing the cancellation of flights from nearby cities in both countries and blanketing residents in ash.
The volcano, which last had a major eruption in 1961, has belched a spectacular plume of ash and smoke around 15 kilometers (9 miles) into the sky near the popular tourist town of Puerto Varas, some 1,000 kilometers (625 miles) south of Santiago.
Strikes Belgium 20-24 April: impact on Brussels Airport.
21-22 April: Transport to and from the airport
We expect all train and bus services to be seriously disrupted in Belgium from Tuesday night 21 April 10pm. onwards to Wednesday night 22 April 10pm. because of nationwide strikes. All train and bus services to and from Brussels Airport and the international train services will also be affected.
20-24 April: Strikes by the Federal Police force
Industrial action by the federal police force can also cause disruption between 20 and 24 April at the non-Schengen travellers’ border control. Be aware of possible long queues.
Advice to travellers
• Check your flight information online and contact your airline or travel agency for more information about your flight
• Leave especially early for the airport
TAP Air Portugal pilots threaten 10-day strike
Pilots at Portugal's national airline have announced a 10-day walkout next month.
The Civil Aviation Pilots Union said late Wednesday its members would strike between May 1-10, grounding most of TAP Air Portugal's flights.
UPDATE: Pilots for Portuguese airline begin strike
Strike hits Finnish airports at 6 am
Baggage handling is expected to grind to a halt on Tuesday at Finland’s largest airports, and flight cancellations are possible.
National Labour Conciliator Minna Helle says no deal has been reached in an aviation dispute, so a strike will begin on Tuesday morning. Airport operator Finavia recommends that passengers pack everything into carry-on bags if possible. The job action does not affect Finnair, Flybe or Blue1.
French air-traffic controllers strike. Hundreds of flights cancelled.
French air-traffic controllers have called nine days of strikes between 8 April and 2 May.
There will be a 48-hour strike on 8 and 9 April; a second set to run from 16 to 18 April, at the end of the Easter holiday: and a third strike, lasting four days, from 29 April to 2 May.
Check your airline website.
Check this link for all information in France.
Update: The third walkout due to take place between April 29 and May 2 has been cancelled,
LAN Airlines Faces Conflicts, Delays and Cancelations in South America
During the upcoming days, various airports in Latin America will be confronting possible delays and cancellations due to labour conflicts concentrated in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador where the workers are demanding the reinstatement of their illegally fired union leader.
These are important connection points for flights throughout Latin America and the industrial conflicts have already affected and may continue affecting flights where LAN and TAM Airlines (owned by the LATAM Airlines Group) fly in the upcoming days.
Allegiant Pilots’ Thursday Strike Plan Threatens 250 Flights
Pilots at Allegiant Airlines plan to walk off the job because they say the carrier hasn’t complied with a court order to reverse a scheduling system change and restore other benefits.
More than 500 pilots will strike at the unit of Allegiant Travel Co. at 3 a.m. New York time Thursday. The strike will ground 250 flights and affect 33,000 customers daily, the union estimates.
UPDATE: Judge blocks Allegiant Air pilot strike.
Airline expects Thursday flights to operate as normal
Turkish power outage hits air traffic control
A massive power outage spread across Turkey on Tuesday, blacking out a broad swath of the country and affecting air traffic control through the country's airspace.
Flightradar24, which maps real-time flight data on the Internet, tweeted that the outage had affected air traffic and said 11 of its 16 air traffic control receivers were not working.
Argentine strike forces LATAM Airlines to cancel flights
The Chilean-based LATAM Airlines said on Monday it was canceling a large number of domestic flights in Argentina as well as some international ones into and out of the country due to an upcoming general strike.
Argentina's main transport unions demanding higher salaries and changes to income tax are spearheading Tuesday's general strike.
LAN, which is a unit of LATAM Airlines and also based in Santiago, Chile, said that all flights departing from or arriving at Aeroparque Jorge Newbury, the main domestic airport Buenos Aires, as well as airports in Mendoza and Cordoba would be scrapped.
Some flights into and out of Buenos Aires' main Ezeiza International Airport would also be canceled or rescheduled, the airline said.
HIAL airport security workers won’t strike over Easter weekend but April 7
Prospect union members working in airport group HIAL’s security company AMSL will not strike until after the Easter weekend in order to minimise holiday travel disruption, the union said today.
Airport security workers will instead strike for 48 hours from midday on Tuesday 7 April.
French Air Traffic Control strike cancelled.
The strike has been cancelled
SNCTA, the main representative union among air traffic controllers, had given notice for a 3 days strike fromWednesday, March 25th 0500 utc, to Saturday March 28th 0500 utc.
Caribbean Airline Warns of Possible Pilots Strike at Easter
Caribbean regional airline LIAT warned on Friday that its pilots may strike over the Easter holiday amid an ongoing labor dispute.
“Threatening industrial action shortly before a public holiday, in this case, the Easter period, is a common, often repeated and cynical tactic employed by LIALPA (Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association) to exploit the fears of the traveling public,” LIAT Chief Executive Officer David Evans said in a statement.
LIAT, which offers daily travel to more than 21 cities in the Caribbean, is jointly owned by the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Lufthansa pilots extend strike; Italian ATCs also strike Friday
Lufthansa’s pilot unionVereinigung Cockpit (VC) continued strike action Friday for the third day this week.
Italian air traffic controllers, which also announced strike action for Friday, forced Lufthansa to cancel 90 flights (not related with VC) and affected travel plans of an additional 10,000 passengers.
UPDATE March 22: Lufthansa said Sunday that services were more or less back to normal after a four-day walkout