Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Iberia flights grounded amid strike

Iberia workers will hold a demonstration at Madrid's Barajas Airport

Spanish airline Iberia has said some 1,300 flights will be cancelled this week as workers begin a second round of strikes in protest at the loss-making company's plans to lay off almost a fifth of its workforce.

The government has ordered that a minimum service should remain, meaning that 85% of long-haul flights, 62% of medium-haul and 47% of domestic flights are guaranteed.

Unions representing most Iberia workers, but not pilots, called strikes between February 18 and 22, March 4 and 8 and March 18 and 22.

A demonstration will be held at Madrid's Barajas Airport on Monday.

International Airlines Group, which owns British Airways and Iberia, lost 923 million euros (£799 million) last year on restructuring costs and writedowns on the value of Iberia.

Iberia last month said it planned to cut 3,807 jobs.

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