Each strike day estimated to cost Iberia €1mn
Iberia is grounding 1370 flights as a second round of five-day strikes gets underway today. The Spanish carrier is determined to go ahead with plans to slash salaries and cut 3800 jobs, or 19% of the workforce, despite union protests. An independent mediator has so far failed to bring a solution.
Iberia has axed 431 flights between Monday and Friday. Another 850 flights operated by Vueling, Air Nostrum and Iberia Express will also be grounded.
This is the second of three weeks of scheduled strikes in February and March, organised by unions representing ground and cabin crews. Each day of the strikes is estimated to be costing the airline €1 million. The action is also damaging Spain’s reputation as a tourist destination as the summer season approaches. The third week of strikes is planned for March 18-22.
[pictured: Iberia’s Business Plus longhaul business cabin; courtesy oneworld]