IBERIA IS facing further disruption after the Spanish airline pilots union SEPLA announced another 24 days of industrial action in protest over the launch of the carrier’s new short- and medium-haul subsidiary, Iberia Express.
The new airline, which commenced services on March 25 using four Airbus A320s, was introduced as part of the Spanish national carrier’s efforts to return to profitability.
A spokesman for SEPLA, said: “The pilots have decided to increase the number of strike days due to the company’s refusal to negotiate.”
As part of the ongoing industrial action that began in December last year, pilots have staged 12 days of strikes which, according to parent company International Airlines Group (IAG), cost the carrier almost €40 million. The union has proposed further action over a string of dates throughout April and May, with many falling on public holidays.
Iberia considers the industrial action as “an intolerable challenge to the company and to Spanish society at large,” which threatened “Spain’s reputation for credibility and solvency.” (Photo Javier Rodriguez)