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Cabin Crew Strike May Jeopardize Iceland Airwaves

The Icelandair cabin crew have called for a strike, starting on October 10, which could have serious consequences for the Iceland Airwaves music festival in Reykjavík, which begins on October 12.

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From a previous Iceland Airwaves festival. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Managing director of the festival, Grímur Atlason, explained to ruv.is that 70 percent of the bands scheduled to play during Iceland Airwaves are booked to fly with Icelandair during the period of the upcoming strike.

Also, many festival goers have booked a flight with the airline. “It would basically mean that there wouldn’t be any festival. At least a very strange one,” Atlason stated, adding such a blow would harm the festival’s reputation.

“I don’t know whether Inspired by Iceland would suffice to repair the damages,” Atlason commented, referring to the marketing campaign which was launched to restore Iceland’s image after the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull in spring 2010.

“We can’t constantly live with having some volcano which is either set to erupt or not to erupt and people in the tourist industry who are always on strike. It is a type of violence which seems to be increasing,” he concluded.

Click here to read more about the upcoming Airwaves festival.

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