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Air Mechanics in Iceland on Strike

Air mechanics at Icelandair are currently on strike, which means that the airline’s flights from Keflavík International Airport to Oslo, Stockholm, Paris, Copenhagen, Manchester/Glasgow and London before noon today will be canceled.

Keflavík International Airport. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

The airline encourages passengers to follow the information on arrivals and departures on airport.is. The information will be updated after 9 am, ruv.is reports.

Air mechanics decided to go on strike beginning at 1 am last night, as they were unable to reach an agreement with Icelandair on higher salaries at a meeting with the State Mediator, which ended at 8 pm yesterday.

Kristján Kristinsson, chairman of the negotiation committee of air mechanics, said they are demanding a 15 percent increase in salaries but Icelandair is not willing to go that far. There is a difference of three to four percent between the negotiating parties, he said.

While air mechanics are on strike, no airplanes from Icelandair can take off from Iceland but the airline’s airplanes that are stationed abroad can fly to Iceland. However, after landing in Keflavík they will then be grounded there until the strike ends.

There will be no disturbances to the flights of Iceland Express.

Yesterday, both international and domestic flights in Iceland were either delayed or canceled because of the volcanic eruption.

Click here to read more about that story.

Click here to read about another recent strike among air mechanics in Iceland and here to read about a strike among air traffic controllers.

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