Strike to affect Karipur (aka Calicut) airport functioning
With the Airports Authority Employees' Union (AAEU) members set to intensify strike as part of their national-level protest against privatization of airports, the functioning of the Karipur International Airportcould be affected in the days to come. Members of the union have already launched a token hunger strike.
Aer Lingus cabin crew are balloting for industrial action
Aer Lingus has told unions it is cutting 87 cabin crew jobs at Shannon because the staff refused to fly new transatlantic routes using smaller planes with lower staffing levels.
It is understood staff will be offered the options of redeployment to Dublin or Cork, voluntary severance, or possibly "redundancy". The union said its members will fight the decision and said the action of Aer Lingus management was entirely unnecessary. It said cabin crew are balloting for industrial action, with the ballot due to be completed on 30 October.
UPDATE October 30: No winter strike fears at Aer Lingus, says Mueller
Customers have been told they should have no fears about strike action at Aer Lingus in the run-up to Christmas, even as unions ballot for industrial action. Passengers have no reason to worry that that there could be industrial action at the airline, according to chief executive Christoph Mueller.
Alitalia pilots union announces 4-hour strike
Alitalia's main pilots' union has announced a four-hour strike for Oct. 29 to pressure management for details on how they intend to return the struggling carrier to health.
UILT secretary-general Marco Veneziano said in a statement the union could hold more strikes — up to a combined total of 48 hours — until it receives "a credible plan" for saving Italy's flagship airline. The union rejects proposals for layoffs and demands a clear plan that includes an international partner and new management.
Possible strikes in Italy
Check your flight for Friday October 18 in Italy.
There are strikes possible by air traffic control in Italy and groundhandling companies in Firenze, Venice and Milan Linate and Malpensa.
Lusaka Airport Workers Strike
Catering workers at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport have downed tools demanding improved wages.
The workers who staged a boycott at the country’s largest airport said they would not go back to work until their demands are met.
Pilots quarrel with Norwegian
Negotiations between the pilots and Norwegian Air broke off on Monday, leading to warnings of a strike in two weeks.
That would probably ground much of Norwegian’s fleet around Europe, adding to theDreamliner trouble that already has severely disrupted Norwegian’s launch of long-haul routes to Bangkok and New York last summer.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 4: Norwegian Air pilots call off strike
UK Swissport workers vote for strike over pay
The ground handling company’s satff at Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester, and Stansted airports balloted vote in favor of strike action by 94 percent in a row over pay.
The size of the vote made the company to request an urgent meeting with Britain’s largest trade union Unite on Wednesday to resolve the matter.
French air traffic controllers' strike threatens flight chaos
Thousands of air travellers face possible delays and cancellations on Thursday due to planned industrial action by French air traffic controllers.
The strike will have the biggest impact in southern France but it is expected that all flights over France will be affected.
Air France union calls for strike Nov. 20-24
A trade union of Air France flight attendants called on Thursday for its members to strike from Nov. 20 to Nov. 24 over a fresh round of cost cuts and plans to lay off 2,800 workers.
Air France intends to give details of the cost-saving measures on Oct. 4, but has already unveiled plans to cut 2,800 jobs on top of 5,122 layoffs announced as part of its "Transform 2015" restructuring programme.
The UNSA Aerien union, one of three unions for on-board personnel at Air France, did not say whether flights would be cancelled as a result of its strike. The other two unions have issued no instructions to strike.
Pilots from Colombia Airline LAN on Strike
About 30 pilots from Colombian airline LAN joined the "zero extra work" initiative, to demand better wages and working conditions.
As well as Avianca colleagues, whose 21-day strike forced that company to cancel more than 200 flights, 34 of 200 LAN unionized pilots decided to protest, because the company has not recognized the fair labor conditions ordered by a court since 2011.
European Air traffic strike set for 10 October
An umbrella group of air traffic controller unions has called for its 14,000 members to strike on 10 October to protest against the European Commission's push to force member states to make good on their commitment to create a Single European Sky.
The new proposal was followed by a limit strike by some air traffic controllers on 13 June. The strike mostly affected France, where 40% of the country's flights were cancelled.
The strike on 10 October would be far larger. It is the first time in ten years that the Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Coordination (ATCEUC), an umbrella organisation of European unions, has called on all of its members across the 28 member states to strike.
UPDATE: STRIKE POSTPONED
In ATCEUC Committee Meeting held in Malta on the 3rd and 4th of October it has been decided unanimously to postpone the ATCEUC Action Day and all industrial actions scheduled for the 10th of October.
SIPTU Ballot Aer Lingus Workers Over Strike Action
Workers at Aer Lingus are to be balloted again over possible strike action in an ongoing dispute over pensions. Trade uion SIPTU has accused the airline of "deliberately frustrating the resolution of the pension process by multiple means" and being "insulting and disingenuous".
Flights affected by Bali's airport closure
Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport will be closed for all commercial flights on specific times during October 5-October 9, to accommodate the arrival of many Heads of State to the APEC Summit in the island.
All airlines are notified that the airport will be closed on Saturday, 5 October, from 10.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs. local, Central Indonesia Time; Sunday, 6 October from 10.00 hrs to 20.00 hrs; on Tuesday, 8 October also from 10.00 - 20.00 hrs and again on Wednesday, 9 October from 10.00 hrs - 16.00 hrs.
Departures delayed at Ben-Gurion airport due to baggage handlers' labor dispute
Departures from Ben-Gurion International Airport have been delayed due to sanctions by Israel Airports Authority workers to show solidarity with employees of Maman, the cargo operations company based at the airport’s cargo terminals, who are demonstrating in front of the authority’s management’s offices.
Hundreds stranded as Air Malta pilots call in sick
Nearly a thousand passengers were stranded Tuesday after an extraordinary number of Air Malta pilots called in sick, forcing the carrier to cancel three flights and delay three others.
The airline said that 18 pilots failed to show up for work, prompting suspicions that an unofficial strike had been declared. Flights from Valletta to Milan, Benghazi and Newcastle were called off.
So far over 862 passengers have been impacted. It is likely that more flights will be delayed and some may be cancelled. The airline will do its utmost to provide transportation to passengers on alternative flights or on other airlines," Air Malta said.
Vancouver airport workers issue strike notice; warn of weekend delays
Travellers flying to or from Vancouver this weekend may face significant delays or even cancellations if 300 unionized airport workers go on strike this Friday.
The Public Service Alliance of Canada issued a 72-hour strike notice Tuesday morning, warning the public to contact the airport or airlines and plan accordingly in the event of job action.
UPDATE AUG 30: A strike at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has been averted, according to a tweet from the union’s national president.Robyn Benson, the National President for the Public Service Alliance of Canada, tweeted at 9:30 p.m. “Just landed @YVR & have been advised that an agreement has been reached & a strike averted. Congrats to our neg team on a job well done.”
Argentina airline unions confirm strike
Argentina's airline unions say they will go on strike Thursday to protest an escalating conflict pitting the government against the local unit of Latin America's biggest carrier. Regulators have given LATAM's subsidiary, LAN Argentina, until month's end to vacate its hangar at Buenos Aires' domestic Aeroparque airport.
LATAM says Argentina's government is trying to undermine the company's competitive advantages against money-losing state-owned Aerolineas Argentinas. The Argentine APTA and Atcpea unions, whose members include airplane technicians, flight attendants and ground crews, said Monday that its members will strike on the eviction deadline.
South Africa Airline Workers on strike.
Members of The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union will embark on a strike from 6 a.m. tomorrow at the technical division of South African Airways, according to union spokesman Vincent Masoga. The unit is responsible for on-site repairs and the refueling of aircraft at terminals across the country, including the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
The airline has put measures in place to minimize disruptions, while asking workers to report for duty, spokesman Tlali Tlali said by text message today.
Peru Air Traffic Controllers Begin 72-Hour Strike
Peruvian air traffic controllers began a 72-hour strike on Wednesday, which could cause delays to flights in the Andean country but isn't expected to lead to a major disruption of services.
The air traffic controllers union walked off the job over a series of demands, including calls for the government to appoint new leadership to the national civil aviation authority Corpac. Union members say Corpac has not had a chairman for the past two years.
The air traffic controllers strike will likely delay some flights in Peru, but it isn't expected to lead to cancellations, thanks to government measures to mitigate its impact.
Portuguese Airport handling strike this Thursday
ANA, the Portuguese airport manager, warned passengers on Wednesday about possible effects of a strike by baggage handling company on Thursday and recommended that passengers confirm their flights before heading for the airports.
Portuguese aviation and airport union SITAVA has said that the strike by Groundforce on the 15 August public holiday “is going to be very good”, recognizing flights would be “delayed and possibly cancelled”.
Fernando Henriques, from SITAVA, said yesterday that the protest would attract workers from the other four unions that represent air transport support service workers.
The effects of the strike will be felt particularly hard in Lisbon, but may also affect Oporto, Funchal and Porto Santo airports.
Stansted Airport staff plan holiday strikes
Workers who scan baggage at Stansted Airport are to stage a series of strikes over the bank holiday weekend this month in a row over pay.
GMB union members employed by Mitie will take action from 03:30 to 06:00 BST and from 15:30 to 18:00 over four days from Friday 23 August.
The union said its 40 members voted by 92% in favour of industrial action.
Update: Stansted strike called off
Possible strike could cause travel delays at Vancouver International Airport
A possible strike could cause headaches and delays for travellers at Vancouver International Airport, YVR, after workers represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)/Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE) voted overwhelmingly in favour of job action.
About 300 members employed by the Airport Authority provide services such as emergency response, international arrivals customer care, runway maintenance, airfield & approach lighting, passenger loading operations, maintenance and administrative services. A strike could take place as early as Labour Day long weekend.
Air travellers face chaos as Aer Lingus pilots set to back pay strike
THOUSANDS of Aer Lingus passengers face the threat of travel chaos next week with pilots set to back plans for an all-out strike over pay.
Aer Lingus Regional pilots will complete a ballot this afternoon calling for industrial action.
It's anticipated that 100 pilots at Aer Arann, which operates the Aer Lingus Regional service under a 10-year franchise agreement, are likely to give the go-ahead for an all-out strike set to begin next Monday. Aer Lingus Regional carried 116,000 passengers last month – many of them originating in the UK and connecting through Dublin to Aer Lingus US-bound flights. It also operates routes connecting Dublin, Cork and Shannon to regional airports in the UK including Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol and Cardiff, as well as Jersey and the French city of Rennes.
UPDATE Aer Arann Strike has been called off
Israel closes Eilat airport, citing security concerns
Israel’s military on Thursday night ordered the nation’s southern airport in Eilat closed until further notice, citing unspecified security threats.
The airport is predominantly used by tourists traveling to the Red Sea resort city, and the shutdown comes during the peak vacation season.
Big Fire Closes Nairobi Airport; Flights Rerouted
A massive fire destroyed the arrivals hall at Kenya's main international airport early Wednesday, forcing the closure of East Africa's largest airport and the rerouting of all inbound flights.
No injuries were reported.
Greek civil aviation workers call strike against layoffs
Greek civil aviation workers plan to disrupt flights for three days next week in protest at government plans to fire 300 airport staff, their union said on Friday.
The union representing the workers, OSYPA, plans to stage 24-hour rolling strikes on August 9-11.
Traffic at major Greek airports is not expected to be disrupted because air traffic controllers are not participating.
UPDATE AUG. 6: Athens Airport Workers Call Off Strike
Athens International Airport workers, who said they were going to disrupt air traffic with strikes from Aug. 9-11 at the height of the tourist season in protest against the coming involuntary transfer or firing of public workers, including those working for the airport, have postponed any work stoppage after its union said government officials had agreed to negotiate with them.
Kiwi pilots could strike over Virgin Australia deal
New Zealand pilots could strike and cause travel disruption if they don't reach a collective bargain agreement with carrier Virgin Australia, a tribunal has heard.
Kiwi pilots have been locked in negotiating a deal with the airline for more than four years, and they parties have now been referred to facilitation, overseen by an Employment Relations Authority (ERA) member.
It is likely that if settlement cannot be reached industrial action will follow and in that event there will be disruption to public transportation which will affect the interests of the public.
Brazil Airport Workers to Go On Strike
Workers at most of the airports in Brazil will go on strike Wednesday, the government agency that operates most of the country's airports said Tuesday.Neither the airport workers' union nor the agency, Infraero, could be reached to comment.According to the Infraero Web site, the agency has contingency plans in place to keep the airports functioning.The strike will affect more than 60 airports around the country, according to the union's Web site.
Two airports in Sao Paulo, Guarulhos and Viracopos, and the airport in Brasilia won't be affected by the strike because they're run under concession contracts,
Stansted Airport baggage screening workers balloted over pay
Baggage-screening staff at Stansted Airport are being balloted on strike action which could take place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.
The GMB union said workers were unhappy with the pay deal offered by Mitie, the company which does the security checks on hold luggage.
The results of the vote are expected to be known on 12 August.
Finnish Air traffic controllers may begin strike in mid-August
Talks aimed at fending off a threatened job action by air traffic controllers ended without result on Thursday.State labour mediator Leo Suomaa hosted four hours of fruitless talks between the Service Sector Employers group PALTA and the air traffic controllers' union.They have been working without a contract since mid-May, and had been threatening to begin refusing to work some shifts beginning on Tuesday.
August 13 walkout?
They are demanding that the civil aviation authority Finavia cancel plans to close the Tampere area traffic control management unit.The Ministry of Employment and the Economy has pushed back the start date of a possible walkout from July 30 to August 13.The next talks are scheduled for August 5.