Air Malta offers to rebook passengers as strike threat looms

7 Jul 2011 by BusinessTraveller

The carrier is offering to rebook passengers with tickets for July 16 on to alternative services, as the threat of strike action continues.

Pilots unions have threatened to strike later this month over the airline’s restructuring plans, and the carrier says that while “it remains committed to finding a solution in order to avoid unnecessary inconvenience to its passengers”, it is also now offering passengers booked to travel on July 16 to rebook “on the same service at an earlier date free of charge in the same booking class”.

The airline was due to start negotiations with four unions including the General Workers Union (GWU) today (July 7), and in a statement released yesterday it said that “the threat of industrial action is already damaging the airline and has asked all parties to act responsibly at this difficult time”.

Air Malta has come under increasing pressue from low-cost airlines including Ryanair, which opened a base in the country last year.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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