05/03/2014

Solomon Island airport closed after plane's landing gear fails

26-01-2014
Solomon Island airport closed after plane's landing gear fails

Honiara International Airport in the Solomon Islands has been closed till further notice following the collapse of the left undercarriage on a Toll cargo plane.

The 737 freighter was on rollout shortly after landing when the right hand main landing gear collapsed, causing the aircraft to slide to a halt on the runway.

No flights can come in to land till this large plane has been removed from the eastern end of the runway.

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French, German ATCs postpone strikes over Single European Sky

25-01-2014
French, German ATCs postpone strikes over Single European Sky

French air traffic controllers SNCTA and German Gdf unions have postponed their strikes originally called for next week. The proposed actions were part of a protest against European Union (EU) plans for a Single European Sky (SES), which will be put to the vote in the European Parliament transport committee Jan. 30.

SNCTA had called for a five-day strike between Jan. 27-31, and Germany’s Gdf, which had planned a solidarity strike for one hour on Jan. 29, also called it off.

It is unclear if SNCTA’s rival union, USAC-CGT, will hold a one-day strike Jan. 30 in France.

Earlier Friday, Lufthansa said it was seeking a temporary injunction at a Munich labor court against the strike. The DFS German air traffic control authority is also seeking an injunction, which will be filed in Frankfurt on Monday.

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South-Africa - Mango strike contingency plan in place to avoid disruptions

24-01-2014
South-Africa - Mango strike contingency plan in place to avoid disruptions

Low-cost airline Mango says it is committed to resolving a wage dispute with its pilots after receiving a certificate of their intent to strike, issued on Friday morning.

Mango spokesperson Hein Kaizer said, “Should industrial action take place, Mango has contingency plans ready to manage any possible disruption to our service.”

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French ATC strike could affect European operations

23-01-2014
French ATC strike could affect European operations

French air traffic controls have called a five-day strike from Jan. 27-31, which could cause major traffic interruptions for European passengers. The strike, called by the union Syndicat National des Contrôleurs du Trafic Aérien (SNCTA), the major union of Air Traffic Controllers (ATCO), could lead to flight cancellations and major delays.

SNCTA said in a statement the strikes are part of protests against the European Union (EU) plans against a Single European Sky, which will face a vote in the European Parliament transport committee Jan. 30.

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European air traffic controllers plan strike

20-01-2014
European air traffic controllers plan strike

European air traffic control strikes have been called for January 29.

This follows confirmation on Saturday that Germany’s air traffic controllers plan to strike for one hour on January 29 in a show of support for the Europe-wide strike that could lead to considerable flight disruption.

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German air traffic controllers to strike on Jan 29

19-01-2014
German air traffic controllers to strike on Jan 29

Germany's air traffic controllers are planning to strike for one hour on January 29, in a show of support for an expected Europe-wide strike that could lead to considerable flight disruption, their union boss said on Saturday.

The Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Coordination(ATCEUC), which represents 14,000 flight overseers across 28 European countries, this week revived plans to strike over planned safety and savings targets by the European Commission, which it says could endanger the safe provision of services.

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SIPTU workers at Aer Lingus & the DAA to ballot for strike action

16-01-2014
SIPTU workers at Aer Lingus & the DAA to ballot for strike action

SIPTU represented workers at Aer Lingus and the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) are to ballot for industrial action over a pensions dispute. The trade union says the action would include a strike.

SIPTU says the companies are refusing to engage in meaningful talks about a deficit in the pension scheme.

It says after three years of an industrial relations process, the pensions crisis has worsened at a time when financial market conditions are improving.

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Argentine Baggage Handlers Go On Strike

15-01-2014
Argentine Baggage Handlers Go On Strike

Flights to and from Argentina's capital Buenos Aires international airport were delayed on Tuesday after a union offshoot representing baggage handlers for national carrier Aerolineas Argentinas went on strike to protest the company s proposal to hire handlers for six-hour shifts.

The strike also extended to the port, where cruise ship passengers waited up to five hours for their luggage.

The Labour Ministry called on the baggage handlers who are part of the APA airline workers union to fulfill the mandatory conciliation order that the ministry had issued on Friday.

At least 3,000 passengers were reported to be stranded because of the difficulties.

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Air India pilots may go on strike today

05-01-2014
Air India pilots may go on strike today

There's trouble brewing in Air India again with the airline withholding payment of flying allowance to pilots this month. The Indian Commercial Pilots Association ( ICPA), a union of erstwhile Indian Airlines pilots, has called an emergency meet on Sunday to decide on "no pay, no work" — a euphemism for strike — with immediate effect.

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Lufthansa faces weekend strike at Paris airport

02-01-2014
Lufthansa faces weekend strike at Paris airport

French unions have called on Lufthansa workers at Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris, to strike from Friday morning to Sunday evening in a dispute over outsourcing ground operations, which could cause flights delays and cancellations.

"In the case of a strike Lufthansa flights to and from Paris could be affected," a spokeswoman for the airline said on Thursday.

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11/02/2014

Lufthansa walkout hits flights at Paris airport

26-12-2013
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.

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Brazil airline crews to strike from Dec 20 over pay

17-12-2013
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.

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Italy - Strike at Palermo Airport

16-12-2013
Italy - Strike at Palermo Airport

Monday 16 December there will be a air traffic control strike at Palermo Airport.

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Volcanic eruption shuts Italy airport

16-12-2013
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.

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Brussels Airlines pilots to strike over Christmas?

13-12-2013
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.

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Swaziland - SWACAA wildcat strike continues

13-12-2013
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.

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Aer Lingus Faces New Strike Action Threat Over Pensions Talks

6-12-20113
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.

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26/01/2014

Libya - Air traffic controllers strike postponed

30-11-2013
Libya - Air traffic controllers strike postponed

The threat of Tripoli International airport closing tomorrow has been averted after air traffic controllers demanding a pay increase announced they had postponed their planned strike following an offer from the Minister of Transport.

The details of the offer from Abdel-Qader Ahmed have not been disclosed. However, the air traffic controllers have said that they will assess it and reply within a month.

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EasyJet's Portugal pilots to strike Christmas-New Year

29-11-2013
EasyJet's Portugal pilots to strike Christmas-New Year

Pilots based in Portugal for the British lowcost airline easyJet announced Friday they are to strike five days over the Christmas-New Year's period to demand better conditions.

The easyJet pilots based in Lisbon have lodged strike notice for December 13, 24, 26 and 31 as well as for January 1, their SPAC union said in a statement.

The industrial action will see the 43 company pilots stopping work for 24 hours each time, with only a minimum service ensuring daily links to Portugal's Madeira archipelago, a sunny location in the Atlantic off the African coast which attracts winter tourism.

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Thai Airways union threatens strike if protesters harmed

28-11-2013
Thai Airways union threatens strike if protesters harmed

The labour union of flag carrier Thai Airways International threatened on Thursday to ground the airline's fleet if any harm came to protesters rallying to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

The union, which has 15,000 members, would stop work if police used force to break up protests and marches, which have been taking place across Bangkok for more than a month and intensified this week.

"If the government uses force to disperse the protesters and people are injured, we will increase the pressure by stopping the plane wheels from turning," said Damrong Waikanee, president of the Thai Airways Labour International Union, told Reuters.

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Lufthansa cancels Paris CDG flights due to ground staff strike

28-11-2013
Lufthansa cancels Paris CDG flights due to ground staff strike

German airline Lufthansa is cancelling around a hundred flights to and from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport over the next three days due to a strike by ground staff over cost cutting measures.

Lufthansa would normally operate about 100 flights between German airports and Charles de Gaulle, one of Europe's busiest hubs, during the period of the planned strike.

Around 155 workers are taking part in the stoppage from 0330 GMT on Friday to 0330 GMT on Monday, to protest against plans by Lufthansa to outsource ground operations at Charles de Gaulle to a third-party provider.

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French pilots' union calls Monday strike against easyJet

23-11-2013
French pilots' union calls Monday strike against easyJet

The French pilots' union SNPL called a one-day strike against easyJet for Monday, accusing the British budget airline of not adequately sharing with employees record profits it announced earlier in the week.

Ninety percent of easyJet pilots in France belong to SNPL and easyJet operates out of 16 French airports.

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Portuguese Immigration officials strike

22-11-2013
Portuguese Immigration officials strike

The union representing inspectors working for Portugal’s border and customs service, SEF, is currently staging a four-day strike that has meant delays for travellers, causing disruptions at passport checks at the country’s airports.

The president of the SCIF-SEF union said that industrial action on Thursday 21 November by officials working at SEF’s own offices was staged purposely on the same day as a national demonstration in Lisbon by other police and security forces.

On 23, 24 and 25 of November, the strike will be at airports, seaports and police and customs centres.
“Anyone who travels on those days will have additional problems in entering or leaving the country,” said Acácio Pereira, the union’s president.

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Brussels striking pilots leave passengers stranded

18-11-2013
Brussels striking pilots leave passengers stranded

Many passengers at the Brussels International Airport are forced to seek other options, as 80% of Brussels Airlines' pilots are on strike. The pilot strike is about management plans to lay off pilots older than 58.

UPDATE -Brussels Airlines pilots return to work after strike.
Pilots at Brussels Airlines suspended a strike on Tuesday after a second day of flight disruption brought concessions from the Belgian carrier. Unions have suspended their action until the end of next week, pending a deal.

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Croatia's Zagreb Airport employees announce imminent strike

13-11-2013
Croatia's Zagreb Airport employees announce imminent strike

Employees at Croatia's Zagreb Airport are threatening with industrial action over the concession agreement signed between the Croatian government and the airport’s future operator Zagreb Airport International Company, a consortium led by Aéroports de Paris. It comes after reconciliation talks between the Union of Zagreb Airport Employees and the management failed last Friday

UPDATE NOV 19: Croatia's Zagreb Airport employees will begin the first of three rounds of industrial action on Thursday, November 21, beginning at 10.00 CET and lasting until midnight.

Unofficially, employees will begin their second round of industrial action on November 25 at 23.00 and will end it at the same time on November 28. A third round of work stoppage has been planned for December 1 and will last until the union’s demands are met.

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Air India employees threaten strike, flights may be delayed, cancelled

12-11-2013
Air India employees threaten strike, flights may be delayed, cancelled

A substantial number of Air India'sinternational flights may be delayed or cancelled on Tuesday with a section of cabin crew members, operating onwide body planes, threatening to launch an agitation. Post-noon, domestic flights from Mumbai could also be hit.

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LIAT pilots strike

5-11-2013
LIAT pilots strike

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Pilots employed with the regional airline, LIAT, stayed away from their jobs on Tuesday severely disrupting the schedule of the Antigua-based airline.
A statement issued by the carrier said that it was advising passengers “that due to action taken by its airline pilots’ trade union, Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA), pilots who were scheduled to fly this morning, Tuesday, November 5, 2013, have not reported for duty.
“The company has not been provided with the required notification of industrial action as required under its agreement with the pilots. As a result of the action, some of the company’s morning flights have been disrupted. This is also likely to affect service for the remainder of the day.”

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Christmas strike on the cards at Aer Lingus after cabin crew vote

5-11-2013
Christmas strike on the cards at Aer Lingus after cabin crew vote

PASSENGERS face the threat of an Aer Lingus strike during the busy run-up to Christmas after the airline's cabin crew voted for industrial action.

The cabin staff are members of the IMPACT union and voted 91pc in favour of action in a ballot. The union will make a decision in regard to its next move in coming days.

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17/12/2013

The Finnish Flight Attendants' Association (SLSY) and The Finnish Aviation Union (IAU) have issued a strike warning.

1-11-2013
The Finnish Flight Attendants' Association (SLSY) and The Finnish Aviation Union (IAU) have issued a strike warning.

The Finnish Flight Attendants' Association (SLSY) and The Finnish Aviation Union (IAU) have issued a warning of industrial action to the Association of Support Service Industries. Various industrial action would take place during the period 15th of November at 3 pm EET to 23rd of November at 3 pm EET.

"If the strike goes ahead, it would have a significant impact on our operations says COO, Ville Iho. We sincerely apologize for the worry that this strike threat will cause our customers. We at Finnair naturally hope that a solution can be reached through negotiation and a strike will be averted.

UPDATE NOV 12: Airline strike could be largest ever

Finnair stopped selling tickets on Tuesday for the weekend's flights in order to avoid extra rescheduling in the event of a possible 24-hour strike by union workers starting on Friday.

Bagged lunches were handed out to travellers at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport on Tuesday, as labour disputes disrupted meal services when more than 400 catering employees went on strike at midday.

The strike would affect all Finnair and Blue1 flights departing from Helsinki. Finnair charter flights would not be directly affected. However, the lack of ground crew service would have an effect on them.

UPDATE NOV 15: Strikes Cancelled
Finnair avoids strikes SHY-- traffic returns to normal within a few days.

Finnair's employer association PALTA (the Association of Support Service Industries) and SLSY (The Finnish Flight Attendants' Association ) and IAU (The Finnish Aviation Union) have concluded a new collective labour agreement and also agreed on the schedule and process of separate, company-specific negotiations related to Finnair's cost savings. The foreseen strikes are therefore cancelled and Finnair's traffic will return to normal within a few days.

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Finnish Air traffic controllers threaten go-slow

15-10-2013
Finnish Air traffic controllers threaten go-slow

Workers handling air traffic control in Finland are threatening a partial strike from the end of October. They are protesting against plans to move their work from Tampere to Helsinki-Vantaa airport.

Controllers’ union SLJY says its members could go on partial strike from 30 October, and that the threat is intended to add a sense of urgency to current negotiations on terms and conditions in addition to protesting at the switch from Tampere.

Controllers have been observing an overtime ban since the middle of August, and if their new strike plan goes ahead they would refuse to work from 10pm-8am and from 2pm-4pm each day.

The additional industrial action would have a minimal effect on flights, according to the civil aviation authority Finavia.

UPDATE October 30:

Finnish air traffic strike called off
A strike by Finnish air traffic controllers which was due to start today (Wednesday) has been called off.

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