Up to 40,000 passengers have been hit by the latest wave of Iberia strikes with nearly 1,300 flights grounded as staff for the Spanish airline stage the second of three five-day strikes.
Thousands of passengers have been caught up in travel chaos as the current strikes have been impacting Iberia, Vueling, Air Nostrum and Iberia Express flights.
However, Iberia has confirmed that it has since found alternatives for 38,000 of the affected passengers. New travel dates or refunds will be offered to the other 2,000 passengers.
Iberia’s staff are protesting against 3,800 job losses and salary cuts and began the latest industrial action on Monday March 4. The walkout will continue until Friday March 8.
Iberia has said that customers should check its website, www.iberia.com, for updates on all cancelled flights. In the meantime, the airline firm has urged passengers to download boarding passes to avoid queuing at airports.
Willie Walsh, chief executive of Iberia’s parent company IAG, has said that the strikes are costing IAG three million Euros per day.
However, Unite union’s general secretary, Len McLuskey, said that he was backing Iberia staff. He said: "If Willie Walsh thinks British Airways staff will keep quiet while he attacks their colleagues in Iberia he is wrong. We all support those threatened by Walsh’s reckless plans. The message from Britain to IAG is clear: We are all Iberia."
Further strikes by Iberia staff are being planned for March 18-22 so timeshare owners who have booked Iberia flights to get away for Easter would be advised to double check with their airline or travel agent.