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Striking Firefighters Prevent Flights to Húsavík

Firefighters who were on strike in the capital region prevented passengers at Reykjavík Domestic Airport from boarding a plane headed for Húsavík in north Iceland on Friday. All four flights that had been scheduled to land in Húsavík that day were canceled as a result.

An Air Iceland plane coming in for landing in Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Árni Gunnarsson, CEO of Air Iceland, told Fréttabladid that he regrets the fire department’s actions and the inconvenience caused to the airline’s customers. They were given the chance to either rebook their flights or have their tickets reimbursed.

Gunnarsson said Air Iceland suffered extensive losses because of the fire department’s actions. “It will cost us a few million,” he said. Around 300 passengers were unable to reach their destinations on Friday because of the strike.

The flights that were bound for Húsavík were originally supposed to land in Akureyri. However, with local firefighters on strike, there was no one to ensure the safety of passengers in Akureyri.

ISAVIA, the company which runs the airports in Iceland, stationed a fire truck in Húsavík and had asked its own employees to step in for the firefighters.

Firefighters deemed these measures a violation of the strike and therefore decided to prevent flights to Húsavík.

Click here to read more about the strike.

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