In what is becoming an all too common theme in European Aviation, Iberia Pilots are set to strike in Spain on Easter Monday as their protest to the March 25th launch of Iberia Express, a low cost carrier. According to Iberia, 127 flights have been canceled including 54 domestic, 64 European and 9 Trans-Atlantic flights.
Sepla, the Spanish pilot’s union has indicated that there maybe as many as 30 stoppages going forward with the next ones scheduled for Friday April 13 and Monday April 16. Strikes are actually already scheduled for every Friday and Monday until July 20. Their motivation for calling the strike is based on what they perceive is a violation of the collective bargaining agreement between it and Iberia. IAG, the parent of Iberia (and British Airways) decided to launch the low cost carrier to compliment Iberia’s existing and profitable long haul network by establishing a low cost feeder solution. The union claims that this move can ultimately lead to 8000 lost jobs.
Based on Iberia’s calculations, they stand to lose 3 million Euros for each day of the work stoppage.