Monday, 22 August 2016 - 07:28
Fourteen EasyJet flights cancelled at Schiphol over pilot strike
EasyJet is cancelling 14 flights taking off from Amsterdam on Monday due to another pilot strike announced on Sunday night. This is the fourth pilot strike for the Schiphol based easyJet pilots in a short time. The strike is taking place from 4:00 a.m. to noon, according to the Telegraaf. The pilots belonging to union VNV are striking for a better collective bargaining agreement. They want paid sick leave, more rest between flights, more control over their roster and a better pension regulation. In a statement easyJet said that they are disappointed with the strike. "We negotiated up until Sunday and the feedback was positive. We were also not expecting the announcement of the strike and see it as an unnecessary escalation. The airline expects to be able to carry out 80 percent of its scheduled flights during the strike. "We want to emphasize that we are doing everything possible to reduce the impact of these strikes on our passengers. Passengers are advised to keep an eye on actual travel information on the easyJet or Schiphol sites. During the previous strike two weeks ago, easyJet had to cancel seven flights.