Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Travel Alert August 2022: Iberia Express Strike in Spain


With at least 92 flights already canceled, the operations of Iberia Express — which is the short haul subsidiary of Iberia — is being disrupted by a strike of its staff starting today, Sunday, August 28, 2022 through Tuesday, September 6, 2022 and thus directly affecting as many as 17,000 passengers.

Travel Alert August 2022: Iberia Express Strike in Spain

Two unions have called for this industrial action:

The following official statement from the Unión Sindical Obrera from today, Sunday, August 28, 2022 has been replicated in its entirety:

The first of the ten days of Iberia Express cabin crew strike begins with 8 cancelled flights and denunciation of coercion and scabs by the company.

The cabin crew strike at Iberia Express, which will last until September 6, has started today with 8 flights canceled. There are 4 flights, round trip, from Madrid to Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela and Seville, which were not protected by the minimum services and, therefore, susceptible to be canceled due to the strike.

“The company is playing a dirty strategy, it is canceling all flights not protected by the minimum services, preventing crews from exercising their right to strike. We demand decent wage conditions because we have been frozen since 2015. We have parked the bulk of demands for later and we have asked the company to update salaries by 6.5%, in accordance with the 2021 CPI, to call off the strike. But Iberia Express does not accede and has asked us to call off in exchange for nothing,” explained Rubén Ramos, USO delegate at Iberia Express this morning during the concentration of workers in Terminal 4 of Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas Airport.

The strike on Iberia Express materializes the dissatisfaction of tcp with a company that applies precarious working conditions. “The airline’s management has preferred to cancel flights to passengers, suffer the impact on reservations and try to hide the discomfort of its crew members to negotiate in good faith, which will entail an economic cost of hundreds of thousands of euros, money that they have preferred to waste than put on the table for their workers,” Ramos criticizes.

Complaint to the Labor Inspectorate

USO has filed a complaint against Iberia Express with the Labor Inspectorate for coercing the crews, who have received emails from the company requesting it to communicate if it will support the strike, something already judged by the National Court and declared abuse.

This complaint will be extended today with the use of scabs when deprogramming Iberia Express crew to operate flights from London to other European cities, which will eventually be carried out by British Airways crews. This is another case of scabing when striking workers are replaced for fear that they will decide to exercise their right and cancel any of these flights.

The following information is from the official Internet web site of Iberia:

Iberia Express Cabin Crew strike

Due to the Iberia Express Cabin Crew strike called during the period from August 28th to September 6th, please check the information at Iberia Express.

Faced with this situation beyond Iberia’s control, if you have a flight operated by Iberia Express with a ticket (075) purchased directly through our website or Serviberia, you have the ability to change the dates up to 31st October 2022. If you bought your ticket to fly through a travel agency, you must consult the agency to modify your booking.

If you have booked a flight that may be affected, enter your contact details here Booking management so we can notify you any important changes to your trip through .

Check whether your flight allows date changes or a voucher refund directly through Booking management. If not and your flight is scheduled to depart in the next 48 hours, please call our Customer Service

Flight arrival and departure information

We recommend that you check the status of your flight here Arrivals and Departures you go to the airport.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this circumstance, which is beyond Iberia’s control, and we thank you for your understanding.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from, or within Spain over the next two weeks or so, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this industrial action which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary.

Three airlines have issued travel alerts as a result of this industrial action:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for 16 airports in eight states for Friday, August 26, 2022 through Tuesday, September 6, 2022; and Tuesday, September 13, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Iberia has issued travel alerts for Sunday, August 28, 2022 through Tuesday, September 6, 2022; and Monday, October 31, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Canada has issued a travel alert for Lisbon in Portugal for Sunday, August 28, 2022.

Final Boarding Call

Hopefully, your travel plans will be affected as minimally as possible by the latest in a series of industrial actions which have plagued the commercial aviation industry in recent months and have only exacerbated the disruptions and inconveniences to passengers which have resulted from the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic…

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

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