European strikes, strikes and more strikes

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore June 14, 2016 14:31

European strikes, strikes and more strikes

It is the 50th French ATC strike in the past seven years with over 150 days of effective down time. It is estimated that over 100 flights will be cancelled across France today. This strike follows ATC strikes in Greece, Italy, Belgium and France in March, April and May which have caused over 2,500 cancellations and more than one million minutes of delay (more than 16,000 hours) across all airlines operating in European airspace. In 2015 more than 10,000 flights operated were affected by 28 days of ATC strikes across Europe. Yesterday Scandinavian airline SAS cancelled a majority of its Swedish and European flights after pilots rejected an improved pay offer and their strike pushed into a fourth day. SAS said some 230 flights and 27,000 passengers were affected yesterday, adding to the 50,000 travelers who have been stranded since Swedish pilots walked out on Friday. Flights between Stockholm and Athens, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, London and Paris were cancelled on Monday. The strike began after Swedish pilots based in Stockholm rejected the airline’s offer of a 2.2% wage increase, insisting on a minimum of 3.5%.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore June 14, 2016 14:31