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Air Traffic Controllers on Strike in Iceland

A four-hour strike by air traffic controllers in Iceland began today at 7 am, which is causing delay to all scheduled flights to and from the country, as well as domestic flights. Five airplanes were supposed to depart from Keflavík International Airport between 7 and 11 am.

A domestic airplane. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

A meeting between air traffic controllers and their negotiators has been scheduled for 1 pm. If they are unable to reach a solution by Friday morning, another four-hour strike will take place, ruv.is reports.

CEO of Icelandair Birkir Hólm Gudnason said it is clear that the strike is directed at the airline’s schedule; Icelandair cannot change its schedule due to connecting flights, unlike other airlines.

Air traffic controllers will only lose four hours of their salaries while the strike will have a significant impact on Icelandair’s schedule, Gudnason reasoned.

Gísli Tryggvason, spokesperson for consumers, wants to place a temporary ban on the strike of air traffic controllers and send the wage contract dispute to arbitration.

Air mechanics also recently went on strike due to a dispute over wages.

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