Hundreds of flights cancelled as low-cost airline Vueling air’ pilots strike on 3rd and 4th of May 2018. The low-cost airline based in Spain operates flights to Alicante, Barcelona, Palma, Ibiza and Malaga from many British airports including London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Edinburgh.
However, the Barcelona-based airline said, that 81% of flights will operate as scheduled and the passengers on the cancelled flights should receive a notification by email or text message.
It is the second Vueling pilots’ strike after the recent 24-hour strikes on April 25 and 26. Currently, Vueling has around 1,000 pilots based in Spain and about 150 overseas.
The Spanish airline pilots union (SEPLA) claims that Vueling pilots receive 30% less on average than their main competitors including Ryanair and easyJet and said, “Now that Vueling is tripling its profits, and that there have even been distributions of up to €100 million euros of dividends before results, the conditions for the pilots do not change.”
Spanish airline pilots union (SEPLA) and Vueling air are owned by British Airways’ parent company International Airlines Group., and have failed to reach an agreement with the union.