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Air Europa pilots call off four-day strike

Air Europa Pilots have called off a strike planned for July 30th to August 2nd.

Air Europa pilots call off four-day strike
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A last minute deal was struck on Tuesday night which led to pilots’ union Sepla calling off a four-day strike planned for one of the busiest holiday weekends.

The Spanish airline had been forced to cancel 114 flights during the strike period – 38 internal and 76 international flights –  and had offered affected passengers a full refund or option to change to another flight before November 30th.

The company announced that the strike had been called off after a meeting with pilots’ union reps on Tuesday evening.

Further details on the agreement were expected to be given later on Wednesday.

The pilots had called a strike over grievances resulting from the creation of a new low-cost Air Europa Express service.

Air Europa pilots complained that the pilots for the new service would be brought in from outside at lower costs and therefore would not be covered by industry agreements.

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CHRISTMAS

Rail strike: 271 trains cancelled across Spain on Friday

Just in time for the big Christmas exodus, Spanish rail operator Renfe has announced the cancellations for Friday 20 December when workers are downing tools in an ongoing battle over workers’ rights.

Rail strike: 271 trains cancelled across Spain on Friday

A total of 271 services have been cut on a day when many travellers will be heading away at the start of the Christmas holidays.

The cancellations include 39 high speed AVE or long distance services and 232 medium distance trains during ta 23-hour stoppage called by the CGT union between midnight and 11pm.

Compulsory minimum services were set by the Transport Ministry at 90 percent for AVE and long distance, 63 percent on medium distance.

The ministry said some 28,231 passengers would see their journeys disrupted.

Renfe is offering full refunds or to change tickets for other available routes at no extra cost, however routes are expected to be busy as people escape for the holidays.

Cercanías trains, which serve commuters coming into the cities, will also be affected and will be running at minimum services of 75 percent during peak times in Madrid and at 50 percent during the rest of the day.

Other cities will see a minimum service of 65 percent during rush hour and 46 percent during the rest of the day.

For a full list of services during the strike check the announcement by Spain's Ministry of Transport CLICK HERE

READ ALSO: Introducing Avlo: Spain's new low-cost, high-speed (bright purple) rail service

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