Spain’s national carrier Iberia has begun the first of 30 days of strikes, that will mean disruptions to flights every Monday and Friday until July 20, 2012.
The walkouts, costing three million euros for each day of action, are in protest at the creation of a new low-cost airline called Iberia Express and have been organised by Spanish pilots union Sepla.
Sepla, which has about 1,600 members, is arguing that Iberia Express contravenes an agreement made when Iberia merged with British Airways last year.
Parent company of both, International Airlines Group (IAG), claims the low-cost carrier is an effort to make Iberia profitable. Last year, the Spanish airline lost 61 million euros, whilst British Airways made a profit of 592 million euros.
One hundred and twenty-four flights were cancelled on Monday, however passengers are being given the options of re-scheduling or using another airline.