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Icelandair Fires All Flight Attendants

Icelandair has decided to end its ongoing contract negotiations with the Icelandic Cabin Crew Association (FFÍ) and seek a contract with “another party within the Icelandic labour market,” RÚV reports. As a result, all of its flight attendants will be fired and pilots will be asked to step in and take over cabin crew duties in the meantime.

Negotiations between FFÍ and Icelandair have been ongoing for months and become increasingly tense. FFÍ members rejected the first contract offer they received from the airline in early May, which entailed a five-year salary freeze, as well as the second contract offer earlier this month. Icelandair raised the possibility of hiring flight attendants from outside the union after the first contract was rejected, but later retracted the idea and returned to the negotiating table.

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Having fired all of its cabin crew, Icelandair is asking its pilots—who signed their own contract agreement with the company in mid-May—to step in and take over cabin crew duties as it seeks replacement staff to work onboard its aircraft. According to the statement released by the airline, onboard service will continue to enforce COVID-19 safety protocols, and will, therefore, be limited. For instance, no carry-on baggage is currently allowed on Icelandair flights in order to limit the amount of time that passengers spend in aisles and boarding and there is no beverage or meal service.

Starting Monday, six to eight pilots will staff each Icelandair flight. The airline has confirmed that all of its pilots have the required safety training, but will be attending a short refresher course in the coming days.

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