Spain's Iberia cancels flights as strikes resume

Monday 04 March 2013 11.47
Iberia begins another week of strike action in Spain
Iberia begins another week of strike action in Spain

Spanish airline Iberia has said that about 1,300 flights will be cancelled this week as workers begin a second round of strikes.

The action is in protest to the loss-making company's plans to lay off almost a fifth of its workforce.

The government has ordered a minimum amount of services should remain, meaning 85% of long-haul flights, 62% of medium-haul and 47 percent of domestic flights are guaranteed.

Unions representing most Iberia workers, but not pilots, called strikes between February 18-22, March 4-8 and March 18-22.

A demonstration will be held at Madrid's Barajas airport later today.

International Airlines Group, which owns British Airways and Iberia, lost €923m last year on restructuring costs and writedowns on the value of Iberia. Iberia last month said it planned to cut 3,807 jobs.