Air Europa Pilot Strikes Trigger Over 100 Flight Cancellations: Air Passenger Eligible for Compensation and Refunds
Monday, June 26, 2023
In response to failed wage negotiations, Air Europa pilots have embarked on a two-week strike, leading to 114 flight cancellations. Affected air passengers can claim up to £520 per passenger in compensation.
Salary negotiations break down, leading to a two-week strike
The pilots' union Sindacato de Pilotos de España (Sepla), representing the workforce of Spanish airline Air Europa, has called for multiple strikes following failed salary negotiations. The resultant disruption has already caused 114 flight cancellations. Air Europa's decision to withdraw from a preliminary agreement led to a two-week strike from June 19th to July 2nd.
The primary point of contention revolves around the current wage package offered to the pilots, which is equivalent to that of a low-cost airline, a comparison that the unions have deemed unacceptable.
Spanish law ensures limited Air Europa operations to continue amidst strikes
Spanish law requires airlines and pilots to ensure a minimum service level during strikes, resulting in fewer restrictions on flight operations compared to other European countries. As a result, some Air Europa flights will continue to operate during the strike period.
However, passengers planning to fly with Air Europa in the next two weeks are strongly advised to check the status of their flight via their website before departure due to the possibility of last-minute cancellations.
Air Europa flight cancellations: Air passengers are entitled to compensation and refunds
With over 100 flights already cancelled, many passengers have been left stranded or severely inconvenienced. However, the silver lining in this scenario is the opportunity for passengers to receive compensation and refunds for their disrupted flights. Flight-Delayed.co.uk offers assistance in these matters, providing passengers with the information and support they need to file for compensation from the airline.
In these turbulent times, legal experts at Flight-Delayed.co.uk stand ready to help passengers navigate their way through the claims process and secure the compensation they rightfully deserve.
Legal experts advise passengers not to accept Air Europa's voucher offer
In the midst of the recent disruptions, Air Europa has been offering affected passengers vouchers for future flights as a form of compensation. While at first glance this may seem like a reasonable and immediate solution, legal experts at Flight-Delayed.co.uk advise passengers not to accept this offer without considering the following points:
Accepting a flight voucher may mean that the passengers waive their air passenger rights under EU Regulation 261/2004 (EU261) to receive flight compensation of up to £520 per passenger and/or a full ticket refund.
These vouchers typically come with strings attached, such as expiration dates or restrictions on destinations, potentially limiting their usefulness for passengers.
By accepting a voucher, passengers risk it becoming worthless if the airline goes into bankruptcy.
Since 2010, Flight-Delayed.co.uk has been helping passengers fight for their rights in the event of delayed, cancelled, and overbooked flights. We have legal teams in 9 countries, have won 98% of court cases, and work exclusively on a "no win, no fee" basis.
News source: Reisetopia.ch