Madrid: Iberia ExpressLow cost hand spainIts national carrier, canceled eight domestic flights on Sunday as cabin crew began a 10-day strike over higher wages amid rising inflation.
The walkout, which will run from Aug. 28 to Sept. 6, has a total of 92 cancellations expected to affect more than 17,000 passengers, a walkout spokesman said. USO Dr. Union.
The stoppage comes as Spain’s airline sector struggles with rolling strikes by workers at budget rivals easyJet and Ryanair.
By midday (1000 GMT), eight flights had been canceled but there were no delays, a USO statement said, indicating that 1,500 passengers were affected.
Iberia Express confirmed eight “preventive cancellations”, saying in a statement that it had arranged alternative flights or transport for 84 per cent of affected passengers, while the rest opted for refunds or vouchers.
On Friday, the airline announced it would cancel 24 domestic flights in the first three days of the walkout, affecting around 3,000 passengers.
It was not immediately said how many more flights would be canceled after the initial date.
The USO and SITCPLA unions are calling for pay increases to compensate for inflation, which hit 10.8 percent in July.
Iberia Express connects Madrid to around 40 cities across Europe.
Spain’s national carrier Iberia is owned by IAG, which also owns British Airways and Ireland’s Aer Lingus.