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    Air Nostrum strike comes to an early end

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    The strike by pilots at Air Nostrum has ended following agreement between the Spanish airline and SEPLA, the union representing the pilots. The end of the strike, announced by Air Nostrum, is good news for Brussels Airlines, which collaborates with the Spanish company.

    The strike began on Monday with pilots protesting mainly against outsourcing, and was to have continued until Wednesday, then resume between 22 and 24 April. While its resolution has been welcomed, the 47 flights cancelled on Tuesday cannot be reabsorbed quickly into the company’s flight planning.

    The strike also affected Brussels Airlines because of its collaboration with Air Nostrum. On Tuesday, the Belgian carrier had to cancel one return flight between Brussels and Birmingham, forging it to redirect clients to other flights. The rest of its operations went according to schedule, a company spokesman said.

    Air travellers’ woes have not ended in Spain, though. Airport security staff at Madrid-Barajas Airport have been on strike for five days now, and this has caused many delays, particularly during the weekend.

    Additionally, two trade unions have called on ground staff to go on strike in all Spanish airports from Easter to 24 April, and five million holidaymakers could be affected.
    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times