Flights to be Delayed by Four Hours during Strike

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Flights to be Delayed by Four Hours during Strike

Reykjavík domestic airport

Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

The first of four strikes by airport personnel in Iceland on April 8 will affect 38 Icelandair flights to and from Iceland and 5,000 passengers, according to Guðjón Arngrímsson, spokesperson for the airline.

Flights will not be canceled, Guðjón told daily Morgunblaðið, but there will be an average delay of three to four hours. 

Eighty-eight percent of the members of the three unions with employees at Isavia, the company which the operates airports in Iceland, recently voted in favor of holding the strikes, closing all airports in Iceland and disrupting all air traffic to and from the country.

Head of the Union of Airport Staff (Félag flugmálastarfsmanna ríkisins) Kristján Jóhannsson told mbl.is that the association has been highlighting the issue of low job satisfaction in the industry for some time. Kristján added that he expected good cooperation with Isavia.

The strikes will run from 4 am to 9 am on April 8, 23, 25 and 30, with the final strike lasting longer if a deal is not reached.

Early morning is peak hour at Keflavík International Airport with planes arriving from North America and leaving to Europe.

The strike does not relate to Icelandair staff.

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