Eleven flights have been cancelled at Malaga airport today, due to a second week of industrial action by Iberia workers. The strike will last until the 8th of March and a further week long strike is planned from the 18th to 22nd of March.

The unions are also planning to hold a demonstration at Terminal 3 of the airport at noon today.

Nationally around 1,300 flights in total will be cancelled this week, consisting of flights from Iberia, Air Nostrum, Vueling and Iberia Express. Passengers who are booked to fly with those airlines should have been contacted by the companies concerned to make alternative arrangements.

The last week long strike on February 18th caused over 1,000 flights to be cancelled and affected the travel plans of around 70,000 passengers. Iberia claimed to have made alternative travel arrangements for 60,000 of the passengers affected and will be giving refunds to the remaining 10,000.

The strike is in protest about the management’s plans to cut nearly 4,000 jobs and reduce the salaries of the remaining staff in an effort to stem the huge losses that the company is making. Iberia merged with profitable British Airways two years ago and lost over €250 million in the first nine months of 2012 as it struggles to compete with low-cost rivals such as Ryanair.

Unions are planning one further five day strike in March (18th to 22nd) and analysts estimate that if all these strikes were to go ahead, the total cost to Iberia will be in the region of €50 to €100 million.

If you have booked a flight with Iberia during the strike days, Iberia should have been in touch with you, otherwise you can call them (in Spain) on 902 400500 or (in the UK) 0870 609 0500. More information on their website: www.iberia.com.

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But 4000 of these who have the jobs will not soon so they are on strike.
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