Many Icelandair flights to and from Keflavík airport have been cancelled and others delayed due to an aircraft mechanics strike which began at 6:00 am this morning, RÚV reports. The strike is the result of failed negotiations between the Icelandic Aircraft Mechanics Association (Flugvirkjafélag Íslands) and Icelandair.
Icelandair flights to and from destinations such as London, Brussels, Zurich, Manchester, and Oslo scheduled for today have been cancelled, while most other flights with the airline have been delayed indefinitely. Icelandair Public Relations Officer Guðjón Arngrímsson told RÚV disturbances would continue throughout the day. Flights to London, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt went ahead this morning, although later than scheduled.
A meeting between Icelandair and the Icelandic Aircraft Mechanics Association ended around 2:30 am this morning with no agreement being reached. The parties had been in negotiations for six months. Magnús Jónsson, assistant government mediator, told RÚV there were too many disagreements between the parties to continue the talks. No further meetings have been scheduled at this time.
Gunnar Rúnar Jónsson, chairman of the aircraft mechanics’ negotiation committee and vice-chairman of the Icelandic Aircraft Mechanics Association says the results of the meeting are a disappointment. “There were a few offers made between us during the night and the last one came from us. We were really hoping to get an answer to it, but that didn’t happen,” Gunnar stated. “We did not wish for a strike more than our contractors did, but it’s the only solution we have.”
A considerable queue has formed at Icelandair’s sales office at Keflavík International Airport.
Update Dec. 17 at 4:20 pm: Negotiations between the two parties will resume at 5:00 pm today.