MADRID: The Spanish airline Iberia cancelled a third of its flights because of the latest in a series of strikes by pilots fearing job losses with the creation of a new low-cost affiliate.
Iberia said there were no major disruptions because of Friday's stoppage because passengers had been reassigned to other flights. Most of the 120 flights cancelled were domestic or mid-haul trips to other European cities, although a few trans-Atlantic ones were also scrapped.
Pilots working at Spain's flagship carrier, Iberia, Lineas Aereas de Espana S.A., said last month they will go on strike every Monday and Friday from April 9 to July 20. They fear job losses because of the creation last month of Iberia Express, Iberia's tool for entering Europe's very competitive no-frills market. (AP/aph)