Vueling pilots are striking this week as the airline expands outside of Spain and the pilots would like to see guaranteed growth for its Spanish pilot base.
The airline has canceled 250 flights (roughly 20% of its flights) for Wednesday and Thursday and the pilots are scheduled to strike again next week on Thursday and Friday.
You can access Vueling’s page for strike information here.
Here’s the information from Vueling:
Due to Vueling pilots strike action for 25th and 26th April, the company would like to inform that 80% of the flights have been protected by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
In order for this situation to cause the least possible inconvenience to our affected customers, we have proceeded to change reservations to the first available flights and we have already informed of changes via sms and email.
Also, remember that you can access all the options available in the following link for “MANAGE YOUR BOOKING”
If you have questions about your reservation and how to make changes, please contact us at the following link or call our dedicated hotline:
– From Spain: 93 122 42 95
– From France: 0 184 884 814
– From Italy: 0 694 801 256
– Rest of the world: +34 931 220 055
And here’s an excerpt from EuroWeekly (access their piece here):
The Barcelona-based airline has stressed that 81% of flights will operate normally and that passengers on the cancelled flights should already have received a notification by email or text message.
It is the first Vueling pilots’ strike in their history but further 24-hour strikes are scheduled for 25 and 26 April and May 3 and 4 unless the airline pilots union (SEPLA) and Vueling, owned by British Airways’ parent company International Airlines Group can reach an agreement over claimed breaches of employment contracts and the airline’s refusal to guarantee greater growth in Spain than in its foreign bases.
Vueling has somewhat misleading information up on its website.
The airline is required to rebook the affected passengers to services on other airlines too and provide duty to care per EC 261/2004 in case of long delays such as meals and accommodation. The cash compensation due to delays or cancellations, doesn’t apply, however. Good luck getting Vueling to comply with the EU legislation.