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Iberia Airlines Prepares for Strike

November 9, 2009 By: Jena Tesse Fox

Because of the strike called by the CTA and SITCPLA cabin attendants unions, Iberia Airlines is canceling some flights scheduled for November 10-11, as they are not covered by the minimum services requirement established by Spanish authorities.

However, Iberia code series flights IB5000, IB8000 and IB7000, operated by Vueling, Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum and other airlines using Iberia codes, will not be affected. Flights to and from the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands will also operate normally, as will almost all Iberia’s long-haul flights.

Passengers with tickets for these days can visit the website to see if their flights are affected.

"Iberia regrets the inconveniences caused," the company announced in a press release, "and we will do all we can to minimize them though the service offered on board of the flights operated by Iberia could be affected by the strike."

To facilitate changes for customers who had planned to travel on the days of the strike, Iberia will be making fares more flexible.

Customers with Iberia IB075 tickets with stages of any flight taking place during the strike days may change or cancel their tickets without penalty, regardless of the fare. This does not apply to flights by other carriers using Iberia codes (IB7000 to 8999 and IB5000 to 5999) since, as mentioned above, these flights will operate normally.

Refunds and change of dates are allowed through November 15, and new tickets may be issued for travel until March 31, 2010. Changes of flying dates are subject to availability of seats in the same class and with the same fare as the original ticket.

However, the airline says, it is trying to avoid a strike and is calling on the responsibility of the unions to cancel it.


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