Air France and TAP Portugal strikes called off

25 Mar 2010 by BusinessTraveller

This weekend’s cabin crew and pilot strikes at Air France and TAP Air Portugal have been called off, but BA’s second wave of strikes is still set to go ahead, and Lufthansa pilots are due to stage a walkout in April.

Air France cabin crew were due to strike this weekend (March 27 and 28), but a brief statement on the carrier’s website states that “Air France traffic will be normal for the weekend of 27-28 March after the main flight attendant unions called off their strike”.

The planned TAP Air Portugal pilot strike (March 26-31) has also been cancelled, after the airline reached an agreement with the SAPC union over pay rises.

But British Airways passengers are still facing a second wave of strikes, with the cabin crew due to stage a walkout for four days from Saturday March 27. BA says that it plans to run a full schedule of flights from London Gatwick, with around 55 percent of short-haul services and 70 percent of long-haul flights operating at Heathrow. London City flights are unaffected by the strike.

And Vereinigung Cockpit, the union representing Lufthansa pilots, says it will strike from April 13-16 in a disagreement over pay and restructuring. The carrier had originally called a four-day strike for February, but this was called off one day into the walkout when both parties agreed to return to the negotiating table.

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