Iberia finds itself in the news again as over four hundred flights are cancelled today and tomorrow. The cancellations are due to a strike caused by the airline’s failure to sign a “collective agreement” with their cabin crew staff.
The agreement is to include the resolution of many pending issues, including pay rises for staff who according to reports, have had their salaries frozen for the past four years. The airline has also announced that there will be enforced early retirements, similar to what BA have enforced recently.
The strike has been actioned by the two unions SITCPLA and CTA and it was reported that, “Those routes particularly affected are the ones that link Madrid with Andalucía, the Comunidad Valenciana, the Basque Country, Barcelona, Asturias and Galicia.”
It is believed that scheduled flights from Madrid to the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands will not be affected at this moment in time.
For those hoping to still catch their international flights from Madrid will be disappointed, as the routes to Lisbon, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels and Frankfurt will not be running.
Sources stating current information say, “Anyone due on flights that start from the numbers IB5000, IB8000 or IB7000, operated by Air Nostrum – Iberia’s regional line - and Vueling, will still be able to fly, according to information presently available.”
Another strike has also been announced, which will take place on the 10th and 11th November, though the routes and services that will be affected have not yet been confirmed.
It is inevitable that more detailed information will be released by the company, but all passengers concerned about whether or not their flights will be affected should contact the airline or their booking company directly.