Iberia photo by Flickr user Andres Rueda
24 new strikes dates over March, April and May have been announced by Iberia’s pilots union.
This is the latest industrial action in a dispute with parent company International Airlines Group over its plans to create Iberia Express, a new budget airline due to launch on 25th March.
The strike dates will be: 16, 19, 23, 25, 26 and 30th March, 2, 4, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30th April, and 2, 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25 and 28th May. Flights by Air Nostrum, Vueling and those under code shares will not be affected.
Iberia has expressed regret for any inconvenience the action will cause and will notify customers of cancelled flights and offer alternatives (where possible) as soon as it can. There will also be procedures for changing tickets or obtaining refunds put in place.
The airline said: “Iberia regards this strike call by SEPLA as an intolerable challenge to the company and to Spanish society at large, given the highly negative economic and social impact not only on the airline and its employees, but also on the travel and tourism industry as a whole, and on Spain’s reputation for credibility and solvency.
“The company appeals to its pilots, and particularly those who do not support the union’s suicidal position, to abort this strike and return to the table to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.”
It has been reported by the Wall Street Journal online that the Spanish government is mediating the dispute as it will impact on the high season of tourism during Holy Week in April if the strikes go ahead.