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Air Europa cancels 114 flights during four-day pilot strike

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Air Europa cancels 114 flights during four-day pilot strike
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10:58 CEST+02:00
The Spanish airline has cancelled 38 internal and 76 international flights between July 30th to August 2nd as pilots strike during the busy start of the summer holidays.

Pilots at Spanish airline Air Europa have called four days of strike promising to bring delays and cancellations at one of the busiest times for holidaymakers.

The company has promised to meet the minimum services required under Spanish law and offers those whose flights have been cancelled a full refund or option to change to another flight before November 30th.

A full list of the affected flights can be found here.

The pilots are striking over grievances including the outsourcing of part of their fleet to another airline, Aernova, pilots union Sepla said on Friday.

Pilots have vowed to maintain so-called minimum services during the strike as is required under Spanish law, but the action is bound to cause disruption, including flight delays and cancellations.

Air Europa pilots are protesting the creation of the new low-cost Air Europa Express service. Eleven Air Europa planes will become part of the new fleet, while the budget carrier will also take on some of the established firm's passenger-carrying work.

But Air Europa pilots complain that the pilots for the new service will be brought in from outside at lower costs and won't be covered by industry agreements.

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