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article imageSecond, five-day strike causes Iberia to cancel flights (video)

By Anne Sewell     Mar 4, 2013 in World
Madrid - Spanish airline Iberia has canceled 1,370 flights due to a second strike by flight and ground staff, including pilots this time, protesting against job cuts. (Video update).
Digital Journal reported on the first strike by flight crew and ground staff of the airline Iberia in February, when over 1,200 flights had to be canceled.
A second strike was launched at Madrid's Barajas Airport on Monday, protesting over mass job cuts, according to unions, and the action is planned to run for five days.
The strike has caused 1,370 canceled flights - 431 by Iberia itself and a further 850 flights of three other carriers with which Iberia shares its services, namely Iberia Express, Air Nostrum and Vueling.
Iberia has published a list of the canceled flights and affected passengers will be assigned to other flights or will have their tickets reimbursed, says a spokesman for the company. Of the 40,000 passengers whose flights were affected, Iberia has said 38,000 had been booked onto other flights so far.
Ground staff and flight crew are jointly protesting plans to cut 3,800 jobs along with the plan to reshuffle services after Iberia's merger with British Airways, forming the International Airlines Group (IAG). While they did not participate in the first strike, the airline's pilots have also joined in the strike on Monday.
This strike, together with the earlier action in February, is estimated to be costing Iberia 3 million euros ($3.9 million) a day.
The Telegraph has published information on the canceled flights including a Q&A on what to do if you have booked a flight with the airline.
IAG, the group which owns British Airways and Iberia, lost 923 million euros ($1198 million) last year on restructuring costs and write-downs on the value of Iberia.
With tourism contributing around 11% to the gross domestic product, these strikes are a blow to Spain's tourist industry, as it gears up for spring and summer.
A third strike action is planned from March 18 to 22, 2013.
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