Posts Tagged ‘Cancelations’

Air France went through severe disruptions (2/5 of long haul flights and half of the rest getting canceled) after the pilots began their four-day strike in protest to the change of the legal age for retirement. The change in retirement age from 60 to 65 was passed in the French parliament earlier.

European passengers are already going through woes due to strikes by employees at Alitalia.

“Passengers should contact Air France on +33 1 5702 1055 or visit www.airfrance.com
for the latest flight information

From BBC article

Disruption to flights operated by partner airlines, including Brit Air
and CityJet, will not be as great, chairman Jean-Cyril Spinetta said.
He said the strike would cost the airline 100m euros ($127m; £86.1m).
Mr Spinetta also said the strike was “unnecessary” because the
postponement of the retirement age from 60 to 65 was beyond the firm’s
control, having been passed in parliament. In addition, pilots will still be able to decide whether they want to
retire at the age of 60 while paying the same pension contributions.


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As blogged earlier, Greece’s largest union, GSEE (General Confederation of Greek Workers and in Greek – Γ.Σ.Ε.Ε) called for a 24 hour strike on October 4th 2008 (today) after the Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis unveiled plans to privatize Olympic Airlines.

From CNN

Public transport — including the Athens metro, state railway services
and city buses — also came to a standstill, forcing thousands of
commuters to drive to work and causing major traffic problems in
central Athens.
Employees at the partially privatized telephone company OTE and
state-run public power company PPC joined the protest action as state
hospitals, also, operated with emergency skeleton staff.

From The Guardian

“Overthrow the Karamanlis government!” chanted some 3,000
protestors who marched past the Greek parliament, where the
ruling New Democracy party holds a fragile four-seat majority.
“Today was only the beginning, tomorrow all workers will be
on the streets,” said Yannis Panagopoulos, the head of GSEE,
which convened a nationwide general strike for Oct. 21.

GSEE said 100,000 workers walked off the job on Wednesday,
shutting down state TV for hours and cutting rail services and
hospitals to emergency staff. The SEV business chamber could not
provide participation figures for the strike.
Olympic was forced to cancel about 100 flights including
international routes to London, Paris and Rome. Public transport
in Athens was halted during the morning rush-hour period,
clogging main roads and causing kilometres-long traffic jams on
the capital’s main arteries.

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Earlier I blogged about Greece’s flag carrier going private. The conservative Greek government is trying to privatize a number of public utilities services like Greek Railway
Organization (OSE), Olympic Airlines and the Greek Post Office. As a result, in protest the General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE) has announced a 24 hour nationwide strike on Wednesday Oct 8th 2008.
“Olympic Airlines employees will also hold a 24-hour strike,
resulting in only one flight per destination locally and one per country
abroad.” (from here).
Even the Athens Metro will come to a halt.

The airlines has announced that it will cancel 100 flights affecting “flights between Athens and international destinations like London, Paris, Rome and Frankfurt, as well as some domestic flights“.

From Forbes

Union officials have
said they would hold talks with union leaders from other European
airlines, such as Alitalia, to discuss widening the protest.

Greece’s government last month launched a tender to sell off
Olympic, which loses around 1 million euros a day. It has promised to
compensate or find new public sector jobs for the workers, but union
leaders have pledged to halt the sell-off.

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Alitalia confirmed today that –

  • 20-30 flights were canceled from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport (though it was attributed to “technical reasons”)
  • And no, it has not run out of jet fuel (despite earlier stories for the same)

Earlier CAI, the consortium of Italian investors, withdrew their offer to rescue the airline due to opposition for the labor/trade unions.

In my personal opinion, the airline seem to be on its last leg of existence, and seems like it might liquidate soon. It needs a miracle to save it, though I guess the unions might oppose the miracle too.

From BBC Article

The CAI consortium’s takeover offer was backed by three of
Alitalia’s nine unions, but six opposed the plans, due to plans to cut
3,000 jobs.

The Italian government insists that the CAI deal is the only way for Alitalia to avoid liquidation.

“There is no alternative to CAI,” said Labour Minister Maurizio Sacconi.

“We need to return to the negotiating table because there is no-one else in the race.”

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Luthansa (or Deutsche Luftansa AG), flag carrier of Germany and second largest airline in Europe, canceled 44 flights and delayed many more after its workers in Frankgurt, Munich, Stuttgart and Cologne walked off the job to press for higher pay raise. Lufthansa has earlier offered 5.5% raise in two steps instead of the union’s request for 9.8% which had resulted in limited strikes started on June 19 2008.

From Bloomberg
“Check-in and catering workers temporarily walked off the job
in Frankfurt and baggage handlers were on strike in Munich. In
Stuttgart and Cologne, engineers joined the walkout. The strike
began at 4 a.m. German time and lasted about four hours. All
employees have since returned to work, Stotz said.”

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After failed talks between pilots and management at Japan Airlines over bonus payments and labor conditions, the pilots went on strike causing 34 domestic flights to cancel.

From International Herald Tribune

“The cancellations at Japan Airlines Corp, the country’s largest
carrier, were the first to be caused by a strike at the airline and
affected some 5,000 passengers, company spokesman Soichi Yatsugi said.”

“Pilots of Japan’s No. 2 airline, All Nippon Airways Co., also
threatened to strike this week, but last-minute talks with the
management averted the move.”

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(Picture form here, showing the real problem)

Today (Wednesday, April 9th 2008), more than 1000 flights were canceled by American Airlines for continued MD-80 Inspections. The 1000+ cancellations were because as of today morning only some 30 of the 336 MD-80s were back in service. Even if on an average there were 100 passengers on these flights, there are some 100,000 passengers who have had to be re-accommodated. The cancellations might extend to beyond Wednesday!

Gerard Arpey, CEO of American Airlines said “American will do whatever it takes to help affected customers,
including compensating those who stayed overnight somewhere other than
their final destination

At New York’s LaGuardia Airport, passengers were offered free donuts, coffee and orange juice.

Makes me wonder, if this is the end or there is a lot more to come, since a lot of American Airlines have aging fleets and hence might have more “earlier-overlooked” safety issues?

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