Air traffic controllers in Iceland will be striking on Tuesday and Thursday morning next week between 4:00 AM and 10:00 AM, affecting Reykjavík and Keflavík Airports. The strikes mean that planes will not be able to land at the airports during these times, which are peak hours at Keflavík. The strike makes exceptions for emergency and coast guard flights.
The collective agreements of air traffic controllers expired on October 1, and their negotiations with the Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise (SA) have gone very slowly, RÚV reports. Airlines are preparing for delays to flights during next week’s strikes in efforts to minimise the disruption to passengers.
This is the third air traffic controller strike in Iceland in five years. The chairman of the Air Traffic Controllers Association of Iceland Arnar Hjálmsson asserts that air traffic controllers’ salaries have lagged compared to other professions in the industry in recent years. There are 152 air traffic controllers in Iceland.