MADRID Feb 15 Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling
and budget airline Iberia Express said on
Friday they would have to cancel more than 400 flights next week
due to a strike over job cuts at flag carrier Iberia.
Iberia workers will go on strike between Feb. 18 and Feb.
22, grounding 415 of the 1,060 flights the airline had scheduled
over the five days, as workers protest management plans to
dismiss more than 3,000 workers.
Iberia Express, a subsidiary of Iberia, said it had
cancelled 100 out of 350 flights scheduled for those days
because its ground services - performed by Iberia staff - would
Vueling said 354 of its 1,200 flights scheduled between next
Monday and Friday would not take off for the same reason.
The International Airline Group, comprised of
loss-making Iberia and British Airways, launched a bid in
November for the 54.15 percent of Vueling it does not already