MADRID: Iberia Expressthe low-cost branch of Spaincanceled eight domestic flights on Sunday as cabin crew launched a 10-day strike for higher wages amid runaway inflation.
The walkout, which will run from August 28 to September 6, is expected to result in a total of 92 cancellations affecting more than 17,000 passengers, a spokeswoman for the city said. USO says the union.
The shutdown comes as Spain’s airline sector grapples with continued strikes by staff from budget rivals EasyJet and Ryanair.
As of noon (1000 GMT), eight flights had been canceled but there had been no delays, according to a statement from the USO, indicating that 1,500 passengers had been affected.
Iberia Express confirmed eight “preventive cancellations”, saying in a statement it had arranged alternative flights or transport for 84% of affected passengers, with the rest opting for refunds or vouchers.
On Friday, the airline announced it would cancel 24 domestic flights in the first three days of the walkout, affecting some 3,000 passengers.
He did not immediately say how many additional flights would be cut beyond those initial dates.
The USO and the SITCPLA union are demanding a wage increase to compensate for inflation, which reached 10.8% in July.
Iberia Express connects Madrid with around 40 cities in Europe.
Spain’s national carrier Iberia is owned by IAG, which also owns British Airways and Ireland’s Aer Lingus.